Editor's Note: This article was last updated on Jan. 25, at 8:37 p.m.
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Residents are already planning for the major blizzard that is expected for the Northeast early this week. Multiple reports on Facebook state that local food stores are packed as people are preparing for the storm, which is said to be the largest one in many years.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning from 1 p.m. Monday to midnight Tuesday. for northeast new jersey west of the garden state parkway. Heavy snow and blowing snow with blizzard conditions and temperatures in the mid-teens to mid-20’s are expected with snow accumulation of 20 to 30 inches and snowfall rates of two to four inches per hour expected late Monday night into Tuesday morning. There will be winds of up to 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Visibilities will be one quarter mile or less at times. Snow will be heavy and wet. Flat roofs and trees are susceptible to collapse. Sleet and ice accumulations are expected.
Light snow will begin Monday morning, with accumulations of one to three inches possible by the evening rush. Snow will pick up in intensity on Monday evening, with the heaviest snow and strongest winds from about midnight Monday night into Tuesday afternoon.
According to the National Weather Service, there will be life-threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions. Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.
The blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities will lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If traveling, one should have a winter survival kit with them. If one gets stranded, the National Weather Service says to stay with the vehicle.
According to the National Weather Service, all unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon to allow people already on the road to safely reach their destinations before the heavy snow begins and to allow snow removal equipment to begin to clear roads.
“Please be prepared for the event,” said the Fairfield police in a message to the public.
“Don’t wait doe robo calls, emails or social media postings,” said a post on the West Orange Township Facebook page. “Forecasters are saying this storm could produce 12-24 inches of snow in West Orange. We’re preparing, you should do the same.”
Livingston Township posted a reminder to residents to clear a three foot radius of snow around fire hydrants to help emergency personnel in care of emergencies.
In a Jan. 22 TAP into Livingston
article with Livingston’s Fire Chief Chris Mullin, he said that snow around fire hydrants is a problem. “Snow covering fire hydrants during and after snow storms continues to hamper our emergency response to accessing the hydrants during emergencies. I implore residents to become involved in their "neighborhood fire safety plans" and to do the "right thing" and clear the fire hydrants in YOUR neighborhood. It is for YOUR OWN GOOD. Fire safety is everyone’s concern—not just the other guys problem!”
The North Caldwell Police issued a blizzard warning and said, “Prepare for possible power outages - make sure you have ample supplies on hand.”
LIVINGSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO HAVE EARLY DISMISSALS ON MONDAY
Livingston Public Schools (LPS) has announced that schools will have an early dismissal on Monday, Jan. 26, due to forecasts of a major winter storm. The afternoon session of PRIDE, and all after-school and evening activities, programs and events are cancelled.
Elementary schools will dismiss at 12:15 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant and Heritage Middle Schools will dismiss at 12:45 p.m.
Livingston High School will dismiss at noon.
Further announcements are possible depending on the impending storm. Check the LPS website for updates.
TAP into Livingston will continue to monitor this storm and readers are encouraged to check back here regularly.
EDITOR'S NOTE: TAP into will continue to monitor the weather and reports from the towns. Readers can check back here for updates.