SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Temperatures may be in the 60s today, but don't be fooled: we are still in the middle of winter.!
Based on the latest update from the National Weather Service, Union County is expected to be hit with 6-10 inches of snow with up to a foot of snow possible. The storm is expected to start in the late hours of Wednesday into Thursday morning and continue at a rate of one to two inches an hour. It will have a major impact on the morning commute.
Hazardous/dangerous travel due to snow covered roads and poor visibilities. Blowing and drifting snow is likely. Local power outages with downed trees and powerlines possible. * Winds...North 10 to 20 mph with gusts 35 to 40 mph. * Visibilities...one quarter mile or less at times. * Temperatures...falling into the 20s over most of this area. - National Weather Service
The Scotch Plains police department advises using caution if you must go out, make sure that your car is completely clear of snow.
"If you do not have to go out, please don’t. If you can park your cars off the roadway, that will allow the snowplows to better clean the roads," stresses Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley.
"When shoveling snow, help yourself, your neighbors and the Fire Department. If there is a Fire Hydrant in front of your house, please clear the snow around it," Chief Conley adds. "The snow is expected to be heavy and wet at first and then as the temperature continues to fall, lighter and fluffier. Check on your elderly neighbors and friends."