SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A blizzard is predicted to hit South Orange and Maplewood early Saturday morning, Jan. 23, with snowfall continuing through Sunday morning, Jan. 24.

A Facebook update on Friday, Jan. 22, from Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura urged motorists to stay off the roads and not to travel on Saturday, Jan. 23, and included that "motorists should NOT park their cars on county roadways starting at 10 p.m. tonight. This will make it easier to remove snow and enable us to plow from curb to curb."

The South Orange Village website also outlines parking restrictions due to the winter storm:

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  • All residents with On-Street parking permits must move their vehicles to the nearest municipal parking lot to allow plowing on streets. Failure to move your vehicle could result in ticketing and/or towing
  •  The “Snow Route” for Newstead, and Upper and Lower Wyoming may be put into effect on Monday, January 25, pending road conditions. This will be updated when more information is available.

An alert from Maplewood Police outlined parking enforcement during the storm as follows, "there will be no overnight permission given to park vehicles on the street from Friday, Jan. 2, until further notice. This is to ensure that the roadways can be properly plowed. If you do park on the street your vehicle will be subject to a summons and possibly towed."

In preparation for the storm, a Code Blue has been enacted in Essex County, events have been cancelled, and the Codey Arena and Turtle Back Zoo will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 23. 

This article and the TAP into SOMA Facebook page will be updated throughout the storm.