The Township of South Orange Village Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the impending Winter Storm.

New Jersey and Essex County has announced Emergency Declarations which South Orange will also have in affected March 7, 2018, 12:00 a.m. midnight. Please move all vehicles from the road way to allow for the Department of Public Works (DPW) to clear the roads.  

Village Municipal Offices and the Baird Community Center will be closed, March 7, 2018. 

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Please see a detailed forecast and more information below:
Weather:

PRECIPITATION DEVELOPING AS: Snow 

ON (DAY): Tonight AT APPROXIMATELY: 11pm

ACCUMULATING SNOW OR SNOW/ICE OR ICE EXPECTED TO END: Wednesday AT APPROXIMATELY: 8-10pm

FIRST INCH ON PAVEMENT EXPECTED BETWEEN: 4-6am - Wed
THREE INCHES ON PAVEMENT EXPECTED BETWEEN: 9-11am
SIX INCHES ON PAVEMENT EXPECTED BETWEEN: 2-4pm
TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION: 6-10 INCHES

TOTAL ICE ACCUMULATION:

TEMPERATURE AT THE ONSET OF PRECIPITATION: 34-38 DEGREES
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DURING PRECIPITATION: 32-36 DEGREES
TEMPERATURE AT THE END OF PRECIPITATION: 32-36 DEGREES
AVERAGE WIND DIRECTION AND SPEED: NE 15-25 GUSTING TO 35 MPH

REMARKS: Low pressure will form along the Virginia coast early tomorrow and slowly move out to sea tomorrow night. Precipitation could begin briefly as a rain/snow mix, and this will be a wet snow. Heaviest snowfall is expected between 12-6pm.

More weather information:

https://www.google.org/publicalerts/alert?aid=8b7fd4d3d9f8ff42&hl=en&gl=US&source=wweather

SO Alerts: Emergency Alerts and Non-Emergency Notifications:

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. https://nj-southorange.civicready.com/

Emergency Protocols:

  • As of March 7, 2018 at 12:00 a.m. all 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 (preferred lot during a snow event is the Third and Valley Garage levels 4 and 5)
  • 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 do not stretch extension cords across road ways as it creates an unsafe condition for you and our emergency personnel.

Parking Authority:

  • The SOPA office will be closed on Wednesday though Jitney service will be running on a regular schedule.
  • No senior bus service.

Third party reporting:

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

You can view the PSEG outage map: http://outagecenter.pseg.com/external/default.html

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 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’s Emergency.

The next update will be at 10 a.m.