MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has issued updated information about the blizzard currently impacting the area, and which is expected to bring up to two feet of snow, and possibly more, to Montclair by the time it ends on Sunday morning.

The Montclair Office of Emergency Management reports that heavy bands of snow accumulations are increasing per hour.

The Montclair Office of Emergency Management reports the latest update on the snowstorm:

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"Heavy snow bands rotate through the area with accumulation totals reported to be 17”-21".

As the storm begins to head offshore this evening, heavy snow bands will continue pivoting through the area, with 1"-2" accumulations expected per hour.

The snowfall will turn to a more steady, light snow for the remainder of the evening, until after 8:00 p.m.Wind gusts of 35 to 50 mph and blizzard conditions will produce drifts of 5-10 feet and more.

Snow will taper to flurries and end between midnight and 2:00 a.m., with continued wind and drifting intoSunday.

Residents and business owners are reminded not to re-deposit snow into the roads by snow blowing and shoveling snow from walkways, driveways and sidewalks into the streets, plowing driveways into the streets, cleaning snow off of vehicles into the street and leaving vehicles parked in the streets during the storm. Not only do these activities hinder snow clearance, depositing snow into roadways is illegal per township ordinance 297-32."

Montclair Township Officials released the following info:

  • Montclair Department of Community Services crews have been working around the clock in an effort to keep roads clear as snow accumulates by the hour.
  • Salt trucks were out at midnight covering township roadways. The first plows began clearing operations at 7:00 a.m. on all township roads.
  • All roads have been plowed at least once and main thoroughfares and hilly areas have been plowed multiple times to ensure emergency vehicles may get through safely.
  • Crews have been continuously plowing to keep up with the magnitude of snowfall accumulations. The steady snowfall and wind gusts of 25-35MPH are creating large snowdrifts.
  • Snowfall is expected to taper off some time after midnight which will allow crews to complete a more thorough plowing.
  • Residents are reminded that a state of emergency is in effect and non-essential travel and on-street parking is prohibited for all vehicles for the duration of the state of emergency.
  • Residents and business owners are reminded not to re-deposit snow into the roads by snow blowing and shoveling snow from walkways, driveways and sidewalks into the streets, plowing driveways into the streets, cleaning snow off of vehicles into the street and leaving vehicles parked in the streets during the storm. Not only do these activities hinder snow clearance, depositing snow into roadways is illegal per township ordinance 297-32.

 

Governor Christie stated the following regarding the storm:

  • The storm is turning into what was expected, except for North Jersey where totals are a little higher than they thought (by 2-3 inches; expect close to 18 inches in this area).
  • 3,800 pieces of equipment out on highways for clearing, etc.
  • Roughly 40,000 people without power right now (mainly in South Jersey and along the coast).

PSE&G Officials issued the follwoing statement:

PSE&G’s system is operating normally this morning, with fewer than 10 of the utility’s 2.2 million electric customers without power as a result of the season’s first significant weather event. 

  • PSE&G has scheduled all available personnel to respond to any outages as the storm intensifies today.
  • While snow normally doesn’t pose a serious problem, high winds and heavy snow or ice on lines and trees can increase the possibility of downed wires and power outages. These conditions also make it difficult for our crews to get around. Employees are unable to work in buckets to make repairs if there are high winds. We will respond to outages and no-heat calls around the clock -- as quickly and safely as possible.

PSE&G urges its customers to be cautious during and after the storm:

  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snowblowers, 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.

To report downed wires or power outages, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG.  Also, customers can report outages by logging into their PSE&G account online at pseg.com or by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG (47734). The utility’s mobile-friendly website includes an “Outage Map” that is updated every 15 minutes and displays the location and status of power outages in PSE&G’s service area.

 
TAP into Montclair will continue to monitor the storm and update here and on the TAP into Montclair Facebook page here. Please send any information to nhackett@tapinto.net.