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South Brunswick: Town Braces For Heaviest Snow Of The Season

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – It’s hard to believe after a sunny day with unseasonable highs in the mid-60s, that up to a foot of snow may be on the ground tomorrow, but that’s what officials are saying.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for the region through 4 p.m. Thursday

The storm is expected to begin late Wednesday night with rain eventually turning over to sleet and a heavy, wet snow by morning that could dump up to a foot throughout eastern Pennsylvania and central New Jersey, according to the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.

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Forecasters say the snow could fall at around 1-3 inches per hour at the peak of the storm during Thursday’s morning commute.

Also, winds with gusts of up to 35 m.p.h. could make for not only hazardous travel, but power outages created by falling tree limbs and power lines laden with heavy, wet snow, officials said.

South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management Director Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka and Township Manager Bernard Hvozdovic issued an updated advisory at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for the storm expected to impact our region Thursday.

The advisory said the latest forecast has increased snowfall totals for the community.

The timing of the storm will make Thursday mornings commute hazardous, and there were already some announced closings and delayed openings announced Wednesday.

Police say that residents should remove their vehicles off township roadways to allow for faster plowing of the roads.
  
CLOSED
South Brunswick Senior Center
St. Augustine of Canterbury School
All South Brunswick Township Recreation programs cancelled (Thursday)

UPDATED: South Brunswick Public Schools

UPDATED: Cranbury Public School
 
DELAYED OPENING
South Brunswick Municipal Offices will have a DELAYED OPENING at 10:00 am.
 
TRAFFIC ISSUES
The following areas have had parking problems in past storms. Vehicles need to be moved off roadways before the snow starts.
Quincy Circle    
Marc Drive
Stanley Avenue               
Tulip Drive
Breeze Drive                     
Highgate Development

GARBAGE / RECYCLING
No garbage or recycling on Thursday. All pickups will be done on Friday and any remaining material will be picked up Saturday.
 

The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Accreditation assessment of the police department that was scheduled to take place on Thursday has been moved. The new date is Monday, Feb. 20 with the public call-in scheduled for 9-11 a.m., police said.

New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino issued a statement Wednesday providing tips on driving during the storm.

“With a significant winter storm approaching, now is a good time to remind motorists to be exceedingly careful when venturing out on New Jersey’s roadways during snowy and icy conditions,” Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino said in the statement. “We urge anyone who must drive to respect the conditions of the road, be careful and be safe.”

 

“Motorists can lose control of vehicles without much warning when icy conditions exist on our roadways,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “It’s better to stay off the roads during heavy snows, but if you have to leave your home, take the proper precautions.”

The Division offers tips for driving in bad winter weather:

Drive slow (at or below the posted speed limit) and adjust your speed for the changing road conditions.

  • Turn on your headlights, using low beams when traveling in snow.
  • Increase your following distance. In winter weather, travel at least eight to 10 seconds behind the car in front of you.
  • Give snowplows plenty of room to work. Don't tailgate and try not to pass. If you must pass, take extreme caution in doing so. Remember, a snowplow operator's field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they don't always see you.
  • If you skid, don't brake or accelerate. Remove your foot from the gas, and gently steer your car in the direction of the skid (the direction the rear of your vehicle is sliding.) When your car starts heading in the desired direction, carefully straighten the wheel.
  • Slow down before exiting the highway. Exit ramps often have icy patches, sharp curves and stalled or stopped vehicles.
  • Have a personal safety kit easily accessible in your vehicle that includes: an ice scraper/brush; shovel; jumper cables or battery starter; blanket; sand, salt, or kitty litter for traction; lock de-icer; flashlight and new batteries; extra windshield wiper fluid; safety flares/warning device; cell phone with spare battery; water and non-perishable food (i.e., granola or protein bars); and paper towels or a cloth.
  • If your vehicle does become disabled, pull off the road as far as possible and turn on your emergency flashers. Remain with your vehicle until help arrives. If you can't get your vehicle off the road and are uncertain about your safety, do not stay in your vehicle or stand behind it. Proceed carefully to a safe location away from traffic.

In addition, drivers should remember to remove all ice and snow from their vehicles before driving, especially from the hood, windows and roof, the release said.

According to the release, motorists who fail to do so face fines of $25 to $75 for each offense, regardless of whether the ice and snow is dislodged from the vehicle.

If flying ice or snow causes property damage or injury to others, motorists face fines of $200 to $1,000 for each offense. There are approximately 500 fatalities in the United States per year due to icy road conditions, the release said.

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