NEWTON, NJ – All Newton schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7, because of the impending storm. The governor has issues a state of emergency beginning at 8 p.m.tonight, Tuesday.  All unnecessary travel should be cancelled. 

The Sussex County Technical school will also serve as a warming center, as well as a location to shower.  The technical school will be open from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.  Residents must bring their own hygiene products.

Police suggest residents to get enough prescription medication to last through the week end. 

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Newton municipal offices will be closed on Wednesday.  The Senior Shuttle and Prime Time Senior meeting are canceled.

Residents are reminded street parking is not allowed when the roads are snow covered, so department of public works can get the roads cleared.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area.  They advise heavy snowfall of up to 1 to 2” per hour late Wednesday morning with totals from 12” to 18” by Thursday morning. 

Further NOAA indicates wind is anticipated to be 15 to 25 mph, with gusts of 30-40 mph. 

 “Heavy wet snow will cling to trees and wires, leading once again to power outages and downed trees,” according to NOAA. 

Crews from JCP&L will continue to work to restore power, as long as weather permits, according to information from First Energy the parent company.

In Newton 493 or 13 percent of customers still to not have power from the Friday winter storm Riley.   

Throughout Sussex County nearly 10,000 people remain without power as of Tuesday afternoon.  That represents about 17 percent of customers.