SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a blizzard watch for the metro New York City area, including Scotch Plains-Fanwood, from 6:00 a.m. Saturday to 1:00 p.m. Sunday. A blizzard watch means there is a potential for falling and blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibility. Travel may be very dangerous under these conditions.

Temperatures are expected to be in the lower 30s; snowfall accumulation may be in the 8-12 inch range; winds will be sustained at 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph. If the storm does arrive as forecast, travel should be limited. Residents are reminded to park cars off the street, whenever possible, to allow better access for the plows. The forecast calls for a wet, heavy snow so shoveling will be difficult. Plan on taking frequent breaks as you clear your driveways and walks to guard against over-exertion.

The Scotch Plains Office of Emergency Management is closely following the severe weather forecast for our area. Report any problems on local roads to Scotch Plains Police at 908-322-7100 and choose option # 7. Residents are asked to remove vehicles from the roadways to assist the DPW in keeping the roads clear and to ensure the safe passage of fire engines and other emergency vehicles. Please use your driveway if possible.

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Any vehicle found not moved 48 hours after the snowfall will be considered abandoned and ticketed. Any abandoned vehicle found to be impeding the flow of traffic will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Also, please remove basketball nets from the roadway. If found to be blocking snow removal operations, they will be removed.

Residents should also ensure that they do not shovel or snow blow their snow back into the roadway after it has been plowed as this creates a hazardous condition.

For any issues on County roads, please call County Police at 908-654-9800. Also, 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 1-888-544-4877. For questions about gas service, call Elizabethtown Gas at 800-492-4009.

Please check on your elderly neighbors or those with special needs that may require assistance during the storm, and please keep pets inside.