Snow is expected to start late Wednesday evening and continue on Thursday. Projected snow totals are variable depending on how the system moves, but up to a foot of snow or more is possible in some areas. High wind gusts as high as 50 mph, capable of toppling power lines and tree limbs, is also in the forecast.
According to the National Weather Service, a bomb cyclone forms when atmospheric pressure drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours it explodes in strength.
"This can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass, such as air over warm ocean waters. The formation of this rapidly strengthening weather system is a process called bombogenesis, which creates what is known as a bomb cyclone," the NWS said.
Barring the issuance of a state of emergency by the Governor the schools do not anticipate making a final decision until Thursday morning regarding a delayed opening or school closure on Thursday.
The area superintendents will have a conference call Thursday morning at 4:45 a.m. to discuss the most up-to-date information.
Notifications will go out to all families and staff no later than 5:30 a.m. in the event of a school closing or delay.
Now is the time to prepare and make sure you have the supplies you need. Business was brisk today at gas stations, ATMs, supermarkets and liquor stores.
Residents are encouraged to put together a “disaster kit” containing necessities in case of a long-term loss of electricity and other utilities, or if they have to leave their homes for a few days.
Kits should include a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food, a manual can opener, a fire extinguisher, a change of warm clothes, first-aid kit, bedding, prescription medication, sanitary needs, a standard AM/FM radio, flashlights and extra batteries, and any items required for infants, people with disabilities and pets.
Residents also should get cash and gasoline for their vehicles before the storm, since power outages may disrupt ATMs and gas pumps. Visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/_ongoing/emergency_preparedness.html for emergency preparedness resources before and after a storm.
For information about the proper use of generators, preventing carbon monoxide poisoning and more go to http://bit.ly/Safetips or http://www.state.nj.us/health/
For information about preparing pets and livestock for an emergency, visit the County Animal Response Team’s webpage at www.co.somerset.nj.us/cart/index.html
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