NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Stay home. That’s the message from weather analysts and government officials as North Plainfield and towns throughout the Mid-Atlantic States prepare for Winter Storm Jonas. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for North Plainfield beginning late tonight through Sunday morning. The forecast calls for hazardous conditions with accumulating snow totals of over a foot.
“Please be assured that our Public Work’s Department will be out in force doing their part to open our streets in a timely manner,” said North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano. “The Borough’s police, fire and EMS services will remain on fulltime duty.”
In North Plainfield’s notice to residents the Borough asks residents to remove all vehicles from the roadways, shovel around fire hydrants and to not shovel snow into the street.
Mayor Giordano also asked residents to look out for one another and check on those that are elderly or disabled.
According to The National Weather Service in Mount Holly weather conditions are expected to deteriorate late tonight.
Winds of 20-30 m.p.h. with “frequent” gusts up to 40 m.p.h. are expected to combine with the snow to produce blizzard-like conditions during the day on Saturday, limiting visibility to a quarter-mile or less, according to the weather service.
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) is getting ready to deal with the potential of power outages as the heavy snow weighs down power lines and tree branches.
In a statement, the utility said that while snow and wind normally don't pose a serious problem, icing on lines and trees can increase the possibility of downed wires and power outages.
These types of conditions also make it difficult for crews to get around, and they can't go up in buckets to make repairs if there are high winds, according to the utility.
PSE&G said it will respond to outages and no-heat calls around the clock – as quickly and safely as possible.
In advance of the storm, the utility advises customers to prepare an emergency kit that includes:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Manual can opener for food
- Cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices that have been charged
It also urges customers to be cautious during and after the storm:
To report downed wires or power outages, call PSE&G's Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG or go to their website at https://www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/outage_grid.jsp.
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snow blowers, 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, the utility said in the statement.