Updated at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 22
SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The National Weather Service has updated the Blizzard Watch to a Blizzard Warning for the area, which is in now in effect earlier than originally forecasted, beginning at midnight on Friday night, Jan. 22, and continuing until 7 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24.
The storm is expected to bring heavy snow to South Orange and Maplewood, now predicted to be 10 to 18 inches, an increase from the original forecast of 7 to 10 inches. Snowfall will be accompanied by "strong and potentially damaging winds" of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 55 mph, according to the weather alert.
The storm will create extremely dangerous travel conditions, and the alert advises that "near zero visibilities are expected Saturday afternoon and evening" and that "secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable." Motorists are advised to stay off of the roads on Saturday.
In addition to much of New Jersey, the Blizzard Warning also includes New York City and Long Island, as well as areas to the south, with Washington, D.C. and Baltimore forecasted to get 18 to 24 inches of snow.
The storm brings the possibility of downed trees, branches, and power lines.
The Red Cross has issued winter safety tips, which includes charging cell phones and having flashlights accessible in case of a power outage.
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