RANDOLPH, NJ -- Blizzard warnings have been issued for parts of eight states in the Northeast, including portions of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, according to Weather.com. Winter Storm Stella could be the first March snowstorm of a foot or more around New York City since March 3-4, 1960.
Snow accumulation of 18 to 24 inches are expected. Steady snow begins between 10 p.m. and midnight from southwest to northeast across the warning area, becoming heavy at times with snowfall rates of three to four inches per hour for several hours Tuesday morning. Snow will diminish late in the day Tuesday.
Randolph schools and municipal offices will be closed on Tuesday. Police are asking for drivers to remain off the roads and to pull their cars onto their driveways.
Due to the expected snow, collection of Tuesday’s routes has been canceled. The routes will be collected the following day, Wednesday, March 15 , weather permitting.
There is no parking on township streets during the storm and subsequent snow removal—this will be strictly enforced. Also, residents are encouraged to avoid travel if possible. If you lose electrical power, report the outage to JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTSS.
Residents should immediately report downed wires and never go near a downed power line, even if you think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris. Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops. JCP&L power outage info .
If there are prolonged power outages, the township will open warming centers and post information about same here. Residents will need to shovel sidewalks on their property; due to the magnitude of this storm, there will be a grace period but please assist the fire department by shoveling out fire hydrants—every second counts in an emergency. Updates during the storm will be posted here and on the township’s Facebook page .