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Blizzard Headed to SOMA: Updates and Closures

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Updated at 11 p.m. on March 13

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A major blizzard is predicted for the SOMA area, with the National Weather Service in Upton predicting snowfall of 18 to 24 inches.

The blizzard warning is in effect from midnight Monday night to midnight on Tuesday, with snow expected to arrive in South Orange and Maplewood early Tuesday morning, with snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches Tuesday morning into Tuesday afternoon.

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The National Weather Service also predicts 20-30 mph winds with gusts up to 40 mph, and the potential for power outages.

General Updates

  • South Orange Maplewood School District schools are closed on Tuesday.
  • All Maplewood recreation programs are cancelled on Tuesday.
  • South Mountain YMCA is closed on Tuesday.
  • South Orange and Maplewood libraries are closed.
  • South Orange Municipal Court Sessions on Tuesday are cancelled. The Court staff will be sending out notices to all involved parties advising of the new Court Date.  We would ask any and all parties to contact the Court  on Wednesday or Thursday for a verbal update of the relisted date.  973-762-2839 (press "0") to be connected to a staff member. 
  • No overnight parking Monday night in Maplewood. Any vehicles left parked on the street overnight will be subject to ticket and tow. 
  • There will be no a.m or p.m Jitney service in Maplewood or South Orange on Tuesday. Service will resume on Wednesday, weather permitting.

Events Canceled/Rescheduled

  • Maplewood Memorial Library Community Forum scheduled for Tuesday night has been rescheduled for Monday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m.
  • All classes at Studio 509 in Maplewood have been canceled on Tuesday.

Updates from Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca

1. Tonight, March 13, there will be no overnight parking granted. Any vehicles left parked on the street overnight will be subject to ticket and tow.

2. Maplewood Library is closed on Tuesday, March 14. Maplewood Town Hall will be open.

3. If needed, the Community Center in DeHart Park – 120 Burnett Avenue – will be open as a shelter. The police will determine if a shelter is necessary based on current conditions. The Center will also serve as a warming station if the need arises. Please call the police if you run into any problems – 973-762-1234.

4. The Fire and Police Departments have added additional personnel to the next shifts to handle any emergencies that might come up.

5. The Department of Public Works (DPW) has 21 snow plows and 5 salt spreaders ready to go. The DPW will plow throughout the night and during the day. There may be times when you do not see the plows to give the crews mandatory rest time.

6. Snow removal:
a. When shoveling your property, do not throw snow into the street. If you do you will be fined. 
b. Also, please do not cover fire hydrants with snow and if possible, clear the hydrant in front of your house.

Updates from Township of South Orange Village Office of Emergency Management 

  • On street parking is prohibited and travel is highly discouraged. If you have an on street parking permit, please move your vehicle to the nearest municipal lot or the Third Street Garage to allow for snow plowing.
  • If you have a fire hydrant in front of your home please keep it clearly visible and accessible as it could save your home – or even your life.  
  • Residents are required to clear snow as best as possible from their sidewalks within 12 daylight hours following snowfall. Do not shovel snow into roadways, as it puts emergency vehicles in danger. Please be careful when shoveling and take frequent breaks.
  • Shoveling snow into the street is prohibited and will result in the issuance of a summons which will require a court appearance and fine.
  • The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) located at 1 SOPAC Way, will be open as a warming center / shelter at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 14. If you need assistance in getting there, please contact SOPD at 973-763-3000.
  • South Orange Village Non-Essential Departments will be closed on Tuesday.
  • Senior Bus Service is cancelled on Tuesday. Service will resume on Wednesday weather permitting.
  • The South Orange Parking Authority office will be closed on Tuesday.
  • Any parking requests or issues should be called into the South Orange Police Department at 973.763.3000.
  • Please report any power outages to PSEG at: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734). You can view the PSEG outage map here: http://outagecenter.pseg.com/external/default.html
  • If there are power outages, the Village asks all residents and neighborhood associations and groups to do their best to check on any residents that may be elderly or have special needs.
  • Emergency calls for police, fire or medical service will be triaged and high priority calls will be answered first.

  • Non-emergency information and requests for service can be submitted via SOConnect at http://www.southorange.org/597/SO-Connect or by downloading the app GovAlert on your mobile phone. Understand non high priority requests may not be responded to immediately.

  • The Police Department, Fire Department, Rescue Squad, Department of Public Works and Office of Emergency Management are all staffed up to handle emergent conditions throughout the duration of the storm and operations are being coordinated through the Office of Emergency Management.

TAPinto SOMA will continue to update information about delays and cancelations throughout the storm. Check back here and "like" TAPinto SOMA on Facebook here for the latest updates.

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