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Governor Declares State of Emergency; Mountainside Public Schools Close March 21

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Union County in effect from midnight Wednesday until 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the Union County website.  Heavy snow is expected, with accumulations of 12 to 16 inches. Gov. Phil Murphy declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday ahead of tomorrow's anticipated nor' easter.

Mountainside and Berkeley Heights Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, March 21 due to impending weather.

The impending storm is expected to produce heavy snow accumulations, with rates as high as two to three inches per hour, and strong winds with gusts as high as 45 miles per hour beginning Tuesday evening and lasting until Wednesday evening. 

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In a press release, PSE&G said that it has mobilized nearly 600 mutual aid and contract employees and it urged customers to remain safe:

• 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 prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snowblowers, in a garage or any other enclosed space. 

Customers should report downed wires or power outages by calling PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. Also, customers can report outages at www.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. 

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