WATCHUNG, NJ - A winter storm warning is in effect for our area and most of New Jersey and parts of New York and Connecticut, the National Weather Service advised on Wednesday. 

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.

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"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.

 
Be prepared in case of power outages. Charge your electronics, get batteries, flashlights and candles ready. 
 
Remember to remove any loose items from your home that could be blown around and cause damage to people and property.


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 

If the snow comes:
 
Allow the plows to plow. Move cars off of the street.
 
Expect blowing and drifting snow, slippery conditions and possible closures on Hillcrest Road, Washington Avenue., Warrenville Road, and Morning Glory Road in Warren.
 
Police ask drivers to remember, "Four-wheel drive helps you drive, not stop. Please drive slow and keep your distance between the car in front of you. Stay safe "
 
 
Take the time to clear out the snow around fire hydrants and knock snow off of tree branches and bushes to avoid breakage later. The Warren Fire Dept. said," Just a friendly reminder to all the residents of Warren to please help us by ensuring that your nearby fire hydrant has been shoveled out. Being able to locate and quick utilize fire hydrants is crtical for operations. So while we’re out running fire calls, please please please go outside and shovel out your neighborhood fire hydrant."
 
 
I- 78 and I-287 will be impacted along with local roads. Bridges and overpasses are the first to ice over. If driving, reduce speed and allow extra time to reach your destination.
 
If you do have to go out on the roads, bring emergency supplies and a fully charged mobile phone. 
 
In the event you experience a power outage, be sure to contact your service provider (PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734; Jersey Central Power & Light: 1-888-544-4877).
 
Do NOT contact the police department unless an emergency exists with your power loss.
 
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