PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres has issued updated information about the blizzard currently impacting the area, and which is expected to bring up to two feet of snow, and possibly more, to Paterson by the time it ends on Sunday morning.
Mayor Torres has issued a travel ban for the City of Paterson effective January 23 at 5:30 pm until further notice. This means that only emergency vehicles and essential personnel will be allowed to operate a motor vehicle on City streets. Any vehicle left abandoned on any roadway will be subject to towing. reports that heavy bands of snow accumulations are increasing per hour.
As of 10:00 a.m. the area has seen 10” to 12” accumulations with additional heavy snow continuing through the area for much of the day with 1” to 2” per hour accumulations likely, leading to another foot of snow or more. Snow totals likely to reach 20” to 28”.
The storm brings wind gusts of 40 to 55MPH. Blizzard conditions could result in drifts of 5' to 10' or more. The heaviest snow is likely to come around sunset today. Snowfall is anticipated to end just after midnight."
Governor Christie stated the following regarding the storm:
- The storm is turning into what was expected, except for North Jersey where totals are a little higher than they thought (by 2-3 inches; expect close to 18 inches in this area).
- 3,800 pieces of equipment out on highways for clearing, etc.
- Roughly 40,000 people without power right now (mainly in South Jersey and along the coast).
PSE&G Officials issued the follwoing statement:
PSE&G’s system is operating normally this morning, with fewer than 10 of the utility’s 2.2 million electric customers without power as a result of the season’s first significant weather event.
- PSE&G has scheduled all available personnel to respond to any outages as the storm intensifies today.
- While snow normally doesn’t pose a serious problem, high winds and heavy snow or ice on lines and trees can increase the possibility of downed wires and power outages. These conditions also make it difficult for our crews to get around. Employees are unable to work in buckets to make repairs if there are high winds. We will respond to outages and no-heat calls around the clock -- as quickly and safely as possible.
PSE&G urges its customers to be cautious during and after the storm:
- To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snowblowers, 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.
To report downed wires or power outages, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. Also, customers can report outages by logging into their PSE&G account online at 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.