CRANFORD, NJ – Stay home. That’s the message from weather analysts and government officials as Cranford and towns throughout the area prepare for Winter Storm Jonas. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Cranford beginning late tonight through Sunday morning. The forecast calls for hazardous conditions with accumulating snow totals of over a foot in some areas.
Tap into Cranford reached out to town officials to discuss the impending blizzard and preparations, this is what Mayor Andis Kalnins had to say, "We have met with all of the departments and Cranford is ready for the coming snow storm. The DPW is ready with the people and equipment to keep the streets clear. We do ask that residents keep their cars off all of the streets so that the plows can clear the streets."
A new ordinance was passed last year regarding parking during snow storms, and since that time no storm has occurred, so this time around will be the first one with the ordiance in place. Mayor Kalnins wants to be sure everyone is fully informed of the parking restrictions on specific roads that prohibit parking and urges residents and businesses to view the revised parking map.
He urges residents to share their driveways and help allow for open roadways so the plows can do their job. Parking in municipal lots or garages is not permitted.
As for the latest prediction of snowfall, the New York Office of NOAA's National Weather Service is predicting between 7"-12" of snowfall with blizzard like conditions at times. The storm is set to begin during early Saturday morning hours. Wind gusts of up to 30 MPH may occur with higher speeds on the coastline.
In terms of snow removal, the Cranford Police Department urges all residents to be advised that when they are clearing their driveways, to not blow their snow back into the roadway after it has been plowed as this creates a hazardous condition. Also, anyone with a fire hydrant near their property is asked to keep the hydrant clear of snow in the event of an emergency.
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) is getting ready to deal with the potential of power outages as the heavy snow weighs down power lines and tree branches.
In a statement, the utility said that while snow and wind normally don't pose a serious problem, icing on lines and trees can increase the possibility of downed wires and power outages.
These types of conditions also make it difficult for crews to get around, and they can't go up in buckets to make repairs if there are high winds, according to the utility.
PSE&G said it will respond to outages and no-heat calls around the clock – as quickly and safely as possible.
In advance of the storm, the utility advises customers to prepare an emergency kit that includes:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Manual can opener for food
- Cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices that have been charged
It also urges customers to be cautious during and after the storm:
To report downed wires or power outages, call PSE&G's Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG or go to their website at https://www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/outage_grid.jsp.
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snow blowers, in a garage or any other enclosed space.
Downed wires should always be considered "live."
Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with, the utility said in the statement.
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