SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Severe winter conditions are expected for late tonight into tomorrow with potential snow totals of up to 24 inches. In an effort to assist in snow removal, both towns ask residents to remove cars, basketball hoops and garbage cans from roadway before the storm. The Scotch Plains-Fanwood public schools will be closed tomorrow. Northside recycling in Scotch Plains is also canceled.

"If you don’t have to travel during the storm, plan on staying in until the roads are cleared," said Scotch Plains Police  Ted Conley. "Stay off the roads. If you cannot pull the car off the street, at least move your vehicle."

"All vehicles must be removed from the roadway so that DPW trucks can effectively and efficiently perform snow removal operations," said Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo. "Emergency services have been preparing since yesterday for  the storm."

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Residents are advised to treat any downed wires as if they are live. Contact PSEG to report any downed lines.

"We encourage people to sign up to receive eblast  notifications from the Fanwood Police website, FanwoodPolice.org," Chief Trigo advises.

Weather.com predicts that snow will begin after 1am. The overnight low will be around 28 with wind chills between 20 and 25. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. On Tuesday, snow could be heavy at times with a high temperature near 30. and wind gusts as high as 39 mph, resulting in wind chill values between 10 and 15 degrees. The chance of precipitation on Tuesday is 100% with new snow accumulation of 11 to 17 inches possible.

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