SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The National Weather Service in Mount Holly New Jersey has issued a Blizzard Warning for South Plainfield and the surrounding areas beginning 12:00pm Monday Jan. 26 to 12:00pm Tuesday Jan. 27. The monster winter storm is forecasted to bring light snow to the region beginning late tonight. The storm is predicted to reform off the coast and intensify. The weather service is forecasting snow accumulations of 12 – 24 inches before the storm ends on Tuesday. The Blizzard Watch has been issued because the storm is expected to be accompanied with strong gusty winds out of the north and east. Wind gusts of close to 50 mph are expected in the area.
“We are ready for the storm, said South Plainfield DPW Superintendent Robert Capparelli. “All 14 trucks have been prepped and we have our two loaders and two backhoes all ready.” According to Capparelli the Borough’s private contractors have already been put on standby. “The contractors will provide another 13 trucks to our snow removal efforts, said Capparelli.”
“This has the potential to be a very dangerous storm, said South Plainfield Mayor Matthew Anesh. “Once this storm intensifies residents should try to stay home and keep off the roads. Everyone should park in their driveways so DPW can get the streets cleared.”
South Plainfield Public Schools will be operating on an early dismissal schedule.
The blizzard watch means the storm is forecasted to bring snow conditions that will result in winds in excess of 35 mph and visibility less than ¼ of a mile for an extended period of time.
“I know Bobby Capparelli has the Borough prepared for the storm,” said Councilman Alex Barletta. “We have 1,000 tons of salt in the barn, and the whole department is on standby.”
According to Barletta residents need to keep their vehicles off the roadways so DPW can plow. “I can’t emphasize enough the need for residents to park in their driveways so DPW can plow the roadways, said Barletta. “The temperatures are forecasted to drop after the storm, so it is critical to have the plows open the roads as much as possible.”
TAP into South Plainfield will continue to provide weather updates and storm closing announcements as the storm approaches and throughout the duration of the storm.