Jan. 4 Snow Storm: Latest Updates and Closures

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Updated at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on January 4

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A winter storm on Thursday has left over 5 inches of snow in the SOMA area, with a state of emergency declared in Essex County. An advisory from Maplewood police stated that due to the state of emergency all county, municipal, and state roads must be clear of all vehicles, including disabled vehicles, and that no parking permissions granted.

Maplewood Jitney service is suspended for this evening due to the weather.  

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Update from Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca at about 12:15 p.m.:

Maplewood and Essex County have declared a State of Emergency due to the snow storm. Please do not drive unless necessary. Town hall offices will close at 2 p.m. and the library buildings will close at 1 p.m.

Public Works crews are out salting and plowing the streets. Please do not park your car on the street so we can plow curb to curb. No parking is permitted on snow emergency streets.

In the event of a power failure, please contact PSEG at 1-800-436-7734 (PSEG) or text OUT to 47734 or report at

If you have a heat emergency, call the Maplewood Police at 973-762-1234. If needed, the Township's heat shelter is the Community Center in DeHart Park.

Please check on any elderly neighbors you have.


Main Library and Hilton Branch will close at 1 p.m. on Jan. 4, according to an update on their Facebook page. All afternoon and evening programs are cancelled.

The ESOL registration session scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Jan. 4, will now take place on Thursday Jan. 11.


Planning Board meeting scheduled for Jan. 4 has been cancelled, according to an update on the South Orange website.

South Orange offices are open as of 11 a.m., according to an update on South Orange Village President Sheena Collum's Facebook page.


The library will close at noon on Jan. 4, according to an update on their Facebook page.


The South Orange - Maplewood School District and all of its schools will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 4, according to an email sent from the school district on Wednesday night.


Updates from the NJ Transit website at 7:45 a.m.:

NJ TRANSIT Rail, Bus and Light Rail are cross honoring passes/tickets SYSTEM WIDE due to extreme weather conditions, according to an update on the NJ Transit website at about 7 a.m. on Thursday.

Effective immediately and continuing until further notice, Amtrak crews will periodically remove ice in the Hudson River Tunnels between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. As a result, NJ TRANSIT trains must single track during that time, and customers may experience some delays. We regret any inconvenience and we thank you for your patience.

SO Alerts: Emergency Alerts and Non-Emergency Notifications:SOUTH ORANGE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
The Village's SOALERTS system allows residents to subscribe to our notification service for all levels of Emergency Alerts as well as subscribe to specific non-emergency Notifications covering a variety of Village services and topics. Please update and check your subscription to ensure that you are getting all requested notifications.

Emergency Protocols:
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.

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.


Please report any power outages to PSEG at: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734)

View the PSEG outage map here:

Additional information

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 or by downloading the app GovAlert on your mobile phone. 

Understand non high priority requests may not be responded to immediately.


SOPA Parking Services for Thursday, January 4

All Commuter Jitney Service will run as normal for both morning and evening routes.

Senior Jitney Service has been cancelled.

The Parking Authority office will be closed due to the on going issue of no heat in the building.

ALL 2018 RENEWALS WILL BE extended until Friday, January 12.

We ask all on street permit holders to please move their vehicles to the closest municipal lot or to the Third Street garage to allow access for street plowing.

Please continue to check the SOPA voicemail as well as the Village's website for updates.

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’s Emergency.


Collection is rescheduled to Monday, January 8, due to inclement weather conditions, according to an update on the Giordano website. Residents are asked to please bring toters back inside.


From the Maplewood Village Alliance Facebook page:

Snow alert! Call before heading into the Village today! 
Many businesses are closed, some are hoping to open later, some are open (Bagel Chateau, Greens Indoor Golf & Cafe, GenWealth Group) others are open now but closing early and others are still deciding!
So be prepared and call first! Stay safe and enjoy the snow!


Sadie's is closed.

Cedar Ridge Cafe is closed.

Kitchen a la mode is closed.

Studio 509 morning classes are cancelled and Studio Circuit at 7 p.m. is now cancelled as well.

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