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Winter Storm Headed to SOMA - Updates

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This article was updated at 8:45 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 8

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A Winter Storm Warning for South Orange and Maplewood, effective from midnight on Wednesday through 6 p.m. on Thursday, has been issued by the National Weather Service. 

The storm warning predicts heavy snow, with accumulations of eight to 12 inches, an amount that was revised higher from an estimate earlier in the day of six to 10 inches of snow. The storm is predicted to cause hazardous travel due to snow covered roads and poor visibilities of 1/2 to 1/4 mile at times. The warning also stated that "blowing and driving snow is possible."

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Winds may reach 10-20 mph, gusting over 30 mph in some areas.

The Maplewood Fire Department requests that residents "Adopt-a-Hydrant," and clear the fire hydrants closest to their home, details here.

Update from South Orange

The Township of South Orange Village Office of Emergency Management has issued a statement that they are monitoring the storm, and that heavy snow is expected. 

Additional updates:

  • South Orange residents are required to clear snow as best as possible from their sidewalks within 12 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.

Update from Maplewood Police

  • All on street overnight parking has been suspended tonight (Feb. 8) due to storm. 

Update from South Orange Maplewood School District

  • All South Orange and Maplewood public schools are closed on Thursday, Feb. 9, due to the anticipated snow storm.

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