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Weather Forecasters Warning Public On Cold Snap Claiming Coldest Temperatures in 20 Years

Credits: Jenn Hockenberry

ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Local weather forecasters are saying the cold snap that is about to hit the Union County area will be the coldest in at about 20 years. With the predicted high winds and blowing snow, temperatures will plummet throughout the entire holiday weekend.

Snow is expected to start later Saturday evening with a possible 1” to 3” along with a huge drop in temperatures, will be enough to create freezing roads and hazardous driving conditions. Sundays High temperature will be 18º and a low of 3º, with wind chills of -8º.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that help is available for those without a warm place to stay, through the Code Blue program. Code Blue is designed to coordinate municipal and County resources, to help homeless persons find a place at a shelter or warming center.

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If you observe anyone outdoors who is asleep or in need of assistance should contact police, which will arrange for transportation to a shelter.

The following warming locations are available in this area. Availability and hours may change, and public buildings will be closed on Monday, February 16th, so always call ahead before going to a warming center:


Second Macedonia Baptist Church
1251 Fairmount Avenue
After 4:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Police Department
After 4:00 p.m.


Linden Library - 31 East Henry Street:
Operating Hours:
Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday    9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday  9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The library is open on the following Saturdays: January 10, January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 21

The library is closed on Sundays, and it will also be closed on January 17, 19, 31, February 12, 14, 16, 28, and March 14, 28

John T. Gregorio Recreation Center
330 Helen Street:
Operating Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Linden Multi-Purpose Center - 1025 John Street:
Operating Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday --  8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday -- 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Roselle Park

The Roselle Park Community Casano Center
314 Chestnut St.
Monday - Thursday. 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday – 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.

To report downed power lines or outages, contact your utility company. PSE&G customers call 1-800-436-7734. JCP&L customers call 1-800-545-7738 or use the automated reporting line at 1-888-544-4877.

For questions about your gas service, call Elizabethtown Gas at 800-492-4009.

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