BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Warning from late Monday through Tuesday, with anywhere from 8 to 18 inches of snow expected to fall.
According to Bridgewater Township Police, there is expected to be up to 1 to 2 inches of snow falling per hour, and winds will range from 10 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour, with gusts up to 35 miles per hour. Visibility could be only a quarter of a mile or less at times.
The Bridgewater Township Police Department and Office of Emergency Management, as well as the Raritan Borough Police Department, are monitoring the storm, and updates will be made on Facebook, Twitter and through Nixle alerts.
Anyone who does not have to travel Tuesday is advised not to, and those who have to are asked to prepared themselves and leave plenty of time to get to the location.
"With a storm of this magnitude and the snowfall amounts that are being predicted, residents should have enough food and medication, and be prepared to remain in their homes for a minimum of two days," Bridgewater Township Police Chief Al Nicaretta said.
There are a number of roads in both Bridgewater and Raritan that are designated as Snow Emergency Routes, and vehicles cannot be parked on those streets once the snow begins to accumulate on the roadways. Vehicles parked on the roads are subject to ticket and tow at the owner's expense.
Residents can assist the Department of Public Works in clearing the roads of snow by removing vehicles from the roadway, and not snow-blowing or plowing snow back into the street. Bridgewater Police remind residents that main roads will be the priority with back roads following.
"Secondary and tertiary roadways may not be cleared in a timely manner due to high winds causing snow to drift across previously plowed roadways," Nicaretta said. "Residents are urged to remain in their homes and let state, county and municipal workers do their jobs without having to maneuver around vehicles that are unnecessarily traveling on the roadways."
Anyone who loses power should not contact the police department unless there is an emergency. Instead, residents should contact either PSE&G at 800-436-7734 or JCP&L at 888-544-4877.
There are already a number of closures reported throughout the county due to the impending snowstorm.
The Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at 8 p.m., has been rescheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m.
Raritan Valley Community College will be closed Tuesday.
All senior centers operated by the Office on Aging and Disability Services will be closed, and all country transportation services are cancelled. In addition, appointments for Tuesday at the Richard Hall Center may be affected, and those with appointments should call first before attempting to travel.
In addition, garbage collection in Raritan has been moved from Tuesday and Wednesday to Wednesday and Thursday for this week.
Keep with The BReeze for more updates about closures and important information as the storm comes.