SOMERVILLE, NJ – A winter storm of epic proportions could cripple the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, dumping between 20-30 inches of snow across the state beginning Monday night into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
A low-pressure system that developed off the coast of the Carolinas has targeted the east coast, with blizzard warnings in effect for Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic and Union counties in New Jersey.
Somerset County and the remaining 12 counties in the state are under a Winter Storm Warning.
The NWS issued this advisory late Sunday:
"Do not travel . . . Life-threatening conditions and extremely hazardous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds, with whiteout conditions . . . secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable . . . strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs."
High winds from 10-20 mph., and gusts up to 35 mph. are expected to accompany the snow throughout Tuesday, according to the forecast.
The Somerville Office of Emergency Management issued the following advisory to residents:
“When it snows, it’s important to plow & salt/sand the streets quickly & completely to make them passable for traffic and easier for police, EMS and the fire department to respond to emergencies. Specific areas that are particularly important are one-way streets, hills, and roads with narrow passage.
“The Borough’s Snow Emergency Parking Policy states that it is Illegal for any vehicle to be parked on any Borough road, street or highway when the ground is snow covered. “Snow covered” means any precipitation that accumulates on the streets, roads, or highways, including snow, sleet, hail, ice or freezing rain.
“ If any vehicle remains on the street, road or highway in such a circumstance, the Somerville Police may ticket it or have it removed. This policy remains in effect until the roads are sufficiently cleared as determined by the Public Works Manager or his designee.”