TAPintoTravels - This may be a first for us, but stay home. The storm over our New Jersey and New York affiliates is intensifying, leaving most roads snow covered and slippery, Local NJ police advised at 2 p.m. and asked residents to refrain from unnecessary travel.  Over 1,400 flights were already canceled.

The National Weather Service is forecasting as much as 8 to 12 inches of snow to accumulate across the northern half of New Jersey and Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency.

Major Reported Road Closures Include:

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TAPinto Warren reported a closure of Route 22 West by Westfield Road by a tree down.  Scotch Plains police announced the incident Wednesday at 3:35 p.m. Drivers should find an alternate route, the announcement said.

Power and Utility Outages

Power outages have been reported throughout our area. 

In the event you lose power, contact your local power provider and not Police Communications unless an emergency exists:

PSE&G: 800-286-9247

JCP&L: 800-285-0515

New Jersey American Water: 800-272-1325

Optimum (Cablevison): 866-546-9729

Verizon Fios877-322-0653

 

Other  Reports and Useful Information

Information in those planning to travel by air can be found here.

Westfield Police Chief David Wayman warned people earlier in the afternoon to stay indoors and off of the roads.

“We’re under a state of emergency and people should stay off the roads. The roadways are very slippery and hazardous,” Wayman said. “Due to the heavy snow, wires and trees are coming down around town, so people should remain in their homes to stay safe.”

Help the Department of Public Works with snow removal by removing your vehicle from the side of the road. Do not push snow from your driveway back onto the street and do not call 9-1-1 about snow removal from your street.

After the storm, remember to clear all snow and ice for your vehicle, sidewalks and fire hydrants.

Be prepared in case of power outages. Charge your electronics, get batteries, flashlights and candles ready. 

Municipalities in Somerset County will offer warming centers at various locations during regular business hours on Wednesday and beyond as needed.
 
Visit http://bit.ly/2018Warming for a list of warming centers, locations and hours of operation. Residents should call first to verify if the building is open. For a list of locations with telephone numbers, visit https://www.nj211.org/nj-warming-centers#Somerset

For more cold-weather information go to http://bit.ly/FreezingCold

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From Optimum:

In The Event a Storm Causes Outages

As your local TV, phone and internet company, we understand how important it is for you to stay connected. So, for up-to-the-minute coverage if and when a storm hits, visit news12.com. If unpreventable service outages do occur, restoring your Optimum services will always be our top priority. Without power your Optimum services won't work at your home or business. But you can stay connected using these helpful tips.

  • Have your Optimum ID handy, as it's key to staying connected. Don't have an Optimum ID? Click here to create one. Forgotten yours? No problem, click here.

  • Watch some of your favorite shows and channels with TV to GO, including News12 live, using cellular data on your smartphone or tablet. Simply download the Optimum App to see what channels are available.

  • Forward your Optimum Voice phone calls to any other phone by simply enabling the Call Forwarding "Back-Up Phone" feature. Click here for instructions.

  • You can check your Optimum Email on your smartphone or tablet using cellular data. Learn about all the ways to check your Optimum Email here.

  • Access the internet at over 1.5 million active Optimum hotspots. To find a hotspot in your area, click here.

  • Multi-Room DVR or Multi-Room DVR Plus customers can still program their Multi-Room DVR or Multi-Room DVR Plus remotely and record shows even without having power. They'll be waiting for you once your service is restored. Click here and make sure to log in.

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