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Somerville: Expected Nor’Easter Shuts Down Schools, Government

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Bracing for the fourth Nor'easter of March, state, county and local officials are taking precautions and planning for the worst.

Upwards of a foot of snow is expected throughout the day Wednesday, accompanied by high winds.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared a State of Emergency at 7 p.m. All state offices will be closed.

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Somerville schools will be closed Wednesday, with all after school events canceled.

Borough Hall is expected to be open, according to Kevin Sluka, borough clerk and administrator.

Wednesday night's meeting of the Zoning Board has been canceled. The next meeting is April 18. 

Borough Police and the Public Works Department remind residents that all vehicles must be removed from the streets to allow plows and emergency vehicles clear passage.

Somerset County trucks were on the roads early Tuesday spreading salt; freezing rain coated roadways with ice late Tuesday before the snow began to fall.

"Everybody's prepared," said Steve Weinman, the borough's Office of Emergency Management coordinator. "We've been on the phone and texting back and forth all day."

Extra fire and first aid crews will be stationed at their respective buildings in anticipation of Wednesday's storm, according to Weinman.

Somerset County offices are closed Wednesday.

Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione reminds residents to curtail any unnecessary travel during the storm, so that emergency services and public works personnel can plow roadways and respond to emergencies. For storm tips and information, visit the county website at www.co.somerset.nj.us/disaster<http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/disaster>

The county’s public transit is running this morning, but delays and/or cancellations of routes may occur as the storm progresses. Drivers will attempt to provide scheduled transportation to medical appointments as long as conditions permit. All of the centers serviced by county Transportation, including all dialysis centers, are closed today.

In the event you experience a loss of power, please contact your power company directly and report the outage. Do not assume that the outage has already been reported. JCP&L: 888-544-4877 and PSE&G 800-436-7734.  

  • Do not touch or attempt to move downed power lines.
  • Do not operate generators inside your residence nor your garage; use only outdoors.
  • If you are using candles, please ensure they are not placed by any flammable material and remain attended while lit. Please extinguish candles when leaving a room.
  • If using space heaters, ensure they are placed in a safe location away from flammable materials and walls.
  • 911 is for Emergency use only. 
  • On street parking is prohibited during the storm.
  • All residents are encouraged to remain at home, but if you need to venture out, please allow extra travel time to allow for safe arrival at your destination.
  • Do not place trash cans or recycling cans out until the plows have passed. If you must put them out, place them well back from the curb line so the plows or projected snow does not hit them. Remove empty cans as soon as possible.
  • Residents with fire hydrants on the curb in front of their homes are asked to shovel out the hydrants.

There will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries on Wednesday.  Clients are asked to use non-perishable meals sent out earlier in the season. If clients do not have frozen meals, or if they have lost power, they can use Heater Meals, shelf-stable meals that come in an orange box.  Directions for heating are on the box. Heater Meals are NOT intended for use in a microwave oven.

The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services and the Office of Veterans Services, both located in the Department of Human Services building at 27 Warren St. in Somerville, will be closed. 

Older adults and caregivers needing information or assistance may call 908-704-6346 or toll free 1-888-747-1122 to speak with an Office on Aging & Disability Services specialist. 

The Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center in Bridgewater will be closed; for psychiatric emergencies, call Bridgeway Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (PESS) at (908) 526-4100.

The “A Matter of Balance” training sessions scheduled for March 21 and 22 have been canceled and are rescheduled for Monday, April 23,and Wednesday, April 25. The free two-day workshop will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Somerset County Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater, located at 876 East Main Street, near TD Bank Ballpark.

A Matter of Balance is designed to help participants learn to manage their concerns about falls by making their environment safer, increasing their strength and balance with physical activity and learning ways to protect themselves if they do fall.

Montgomery Police reported a stalled freight train was blocking crossings at Route 601, Hollow Road, Spring Hill Road and Province Line Road.

The Somerset County Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater is operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services.

Raritan Valley Community College will be closed Wednesday. All classes and campus events have been canceled.

Rutgers University will close all offices and cancel all classes on the New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses as of 8 a.m. Wednesday and reopen at 5 a.m. Thursday, March 22. Classes will resume first period at each campus.

NJ Transit trains and buses are expected to be impacted. Major airlines have been canceling flights out of Newark Liberty International Airport as well as Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports in New York City.

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