HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - With less than three weeks until the first day of Spring, central New Jersey is poised to deal with the first significant snowstorm of the winter, with forecasters predicting between 5-10 inches of snow beginning late afternoon Sunday, before ending around 4 a.m. Monday.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey will enter a state of emergency beginning Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. ahead of the expected winter storm.across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed throughout the state during the duration of the storm.
“New Jersey will be expecting another winter storm today and tomorrow," Murphy said. “The safety of our residents is our top priority, and we urge everyone to be informed of weather conditions and to stay off the roads so that we are able to deploy available resources to clean the snow.”
New Jersey State Police will activate the State Emergency Operations Center on at 3 p.m. Sunday to monitor the storm. The New Jersey Department of Transportation will also deploy more than 2,500 plows and spreaders to keep roads and communities safe.
The Governor encourages New Jerseyans to visit ready.nj.gov for important weather updates and safety information. New Jersey residents should also pay attention to local forecasts, warnings, and watches.
For those living in Central and Southern New Jersey, visit the U.S. National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly at http://www.weather.gov/phi/
For those living in Northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area, visit the U.S. National Weather Service New York, N.Y. at http://www.weather.gov/okx/
Hillsborough Committeewoman Gloria McCauley, liaison to Public Safety reminds residents that local ordinances prohibit parking on snow covered roads.
“Township Code Chapter 143-21 prohibits parking on snow covered roads," McCauley said. "When snow is anticipated, use off-street parking as an alternative. Vehicles are subject to summonses and the potential of being towed at the owner’s expense,” she added.
Whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers the street or highway an emergency shall exist, and no vehicle shall be parked on either side of any of the streets or parts thereof as described in Schedule XVI (§ 143-45) of the Township Code.
“It is necessary to have the streets accessible and free from vehicles parked on the side to allow for the plows to complete their work,” she added.
Police Chief Darren Powell also reminds residents of the importance of removing their vehicles from the streets.
“For the safety of our residents, your vehicles and the effectiveness of Public Works plowing and salting efforts, it is imperative that residents adhere to these restrictions,” Powell said.
The above parking prohibitions shall remain in effect after the snow has ceased or until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic.
Powell also reminds residents that all snow and ice must be cleared from a vehicle before driving to avoid flying ice and snow, which can damage other vehicles and potentially create visibility problems.
“Snow should not be shoveled, thrown nor deposited in the roadway from sidewalks and driveways, as per Township Code Chapter 197-2," MCauley added. "When clearing sidewalks and driveways, please pile snow on the side of the driveway and do not throw it in the street,” she added.
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