ELIZABETH, NJ – Although Union County residents awoke to clear streets and sidewalks this morning, snow ramped up in the afternoon and the area remains under a Winter Storm Watch until 4 a.m. Thursday.
The National Weather service increased the expected snowfall for the area, reporting that the heaviest snowfall will occur between noon and 8 p.m., according to the NWS’ morning update.
A total snow accumulation of eight to 14 inches is expected, with higher amounts possible. Heavy, wet snow will be accompanied by gale force winds later Wednesday afternoon, according to the NWS.
“Travel will be very difficult to impossible, including during the evening commute,” the update reads. “Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.”
Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency on Tuesday. Snow parking rules are in effect when snow covers the roads.
NJ Transit Police have advised that NJ Transit is suspending all bus service as of 4:30 PM. All buses are anticipated to be off the road by 6:00 PM. It is unknown when bus service will resume.
Authorities say residents are strongly advised to stay off the roads, to help reduce the chance of accidents, enable emergency responders to get through, and enable snow plows to operate more effectively.
Phone numbers to report an outage or service interruption:
Electric - PSE&G 1-800-436-7734
Gas - Elizabethtown Gas 1-800-242-5830 - PSE&G 1-800-436-7734
Report gas leak: 1-800-436-7734,
Water - New Jersey American Water 1-800-272-1325
Comcast - 1-800-266-2278
Verizon FiOS - 1-888-438-3467,
Verizon - 1-800-827-4966