CLARK, NJ -- Severe winter conditions are expected for late Monday night throughout Tuesday with potential snow totals of up to 18 inches. In an effort to assist in snow removal, the township asks residents to remove cars, trucks, motorcycles, basketball hoops and garbage cans from roadways before the storm. The Clark public schools and Clark municipal offices will be closed on Tuesday
According to Mayor Sal Bonaccorso, plows will begin clearing the township's roads when the accumulation reaches three inches.
"If there are white out conditions, the plow drivers can not see," Bonaccorso explained. "They are removed from the roads until they can see. Please understand the DPW will work around the clock to get our roads open."
Bonaccorso asked residents to call the Clark Police only in a real emergency and refrain from calling them to ask about plowing.
"When the snow comes, DPW will be out," Department of Public Works Supervisor Scott McCabe said. "Someone's street has to be first and someone's has to be last, but we will get to your street."
Cars and other obstacles must be removed from township streets to allow for clear plowing. Residents without sufficient off-street parking are encouraged to park in a neighbor's driveway or may also park along the tennis courts at the Brewer Recreation Center (Clark Municipal Building) on Westfield Ave. Additional parking spots are available directly behind the Clark Library, McCabe said.
The Clark Fire Department is asking the public's assistance in clearing snow and ice from around fire hydrants.
On Monday afternoon, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued a state of emergency.
"A state of emergency does not mean that there is a travel ban," the NJ State Police explained in a Facebook post. "But just because there is no travel ban in place, it doesn't mean that you should hop in the car tonight or tomorrow and cruise to your favorite food shack just because you're in the mood for a chimichanga."
They went on to offer helpful tips for people who must brave the roads on Tuesday:
-Fill your gas tank in case you get stranded
-Pack some blankets
-Pack water and some dry goods to eat
-Top off your windshield wiper fluid
-Fully charge your phone
-Cat litter can be useful when stuck
-Tell someone where you are going, your route, and when you expect to arrive
Weather.com predicts that snow will begin after 1 a.m. The overnight low will be around 30 with wind chills between 20 and 25. The chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. On Tuesday, early rain will give way snow that could be heavy at times with a high temperature of about 34 and wind gusts as high as 50 mph. The chance of precipitation on Tuesday is 100% with new snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches possible.
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