SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – The National Weather Service in Mount Holly is calling for up to a foot of snow to fall in Central Jersey this weekend, including South Brunswick and Cranbury.

As of its 7 p.m. update on Wednesday evening, the Weather Service has posted a Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Storm Watch for most of New Jersey and points south.

A weekend storm is expected to begin after the Friday evening commute and continue through Sunday, bringing blustery winds with gusts between 20-40 m.p.h. as well as between 8-12 inches of snow.

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The snow is expected to be heavy at times during the period, according to the latest Weather Service forecast.

The precipitation may start out as dry and puffy at the outset, but change to wetter and heavier as the storm progresses, according to the forecast.

The service warns residents that shoveling may be a problem for those with physical ailments and that the heavy and wet snow may cling to wires and trees, potentially causing power outages.

Roads may also become impassable as the accumulation increases during the storm, according to the Weather Service.

Local officials said Tuesday night that they are watching the forecasts closely and will update residents as events warrant through both the Nixle Alert System and the police’s @SoBrunswickPD.

TAP Into South Brunswick and Cranbury will also provide updates and information during the storm through our site and Enews alerts, which are free to sign up.

South Brunswick police remind residents to not park on the streets during the storm so that plows can get through the about 193 miles of roadways in the municipality.

Residents should also write down the following emergency numbers in case they are needed:

911

Police: (732) 329-4646

PSE&G for power outages: 1-800-436-7734 (PSEG).

The American Red Cross recommends the following steps people can take to stay safe during this hazardous weather.

“As winter weather moves into our area we encourage everyone to take steps to stay safe and warm,” said Paul Gass, regional preparedness manager, American Red Cross New Jersey Region.

WINTER WEATHER SAFETY TIPS:

Here are 10 ways to stay safe during this latest round of winter weather:

  1. Have at least a three day supply of water and non-perishable, easy to prepare food as well as a seven day supply of medications.
  2. If you need to go outside, dress in layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
  3. Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will help keep the fuel line from freezing.
  4. Bring the pets indoors. If that’s not possible, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
  5. Avoid frozen pipes - run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to help avoid freezing pipes.
  6. Do not use a stove or oven to heat the home.
  7. Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface and anything flammable should be kept at least three feet away.
  8. If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs
  9. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  10. Charge cell phones and keep flashlights handy in the event of a power outage.

Learn how to treat cold weather related emergencies by downloading the free Red Cross First Aid App at redcross.org/apps. More information about winter safety is available on redcross.org.

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