City Prepares as Major Winter Storm Approaches; Snowfall Totals May Exceed Two Feet


SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit is preparing for the arrival of Winter Storm Juno, a relatively slow-moving, major winter weather system that is expected to bring with it colder temperatures, high winds, and snowfall totals exceeding 12 inches, and perhaps as much as 20-30 inches.

"The City of Summit prepares year-round to ensure that residents are safe from snow, ice, and extreme cold,” reports Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson.  “Please help us by looking out for your neighbors, particularly the elderly and disabled.”
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a blizzard warning, covering the greater Union County area, beginning at 1 p.m. Monday through midnight Tuesday.
According to the NWS, "The wintery weather begins tomorrow morning with minor snowfall but intensifies throughout the afternoon and then evening with the heaviest snow expected around midnight and into Tuesday morning."

“The Division of Public Works (DPW) has been applying salt and brine to roads in anticipation of a major snow event Monday into Tuesday,” reports City Administrator Christopher Cotter.  “Our snow removal planning efforts for a storm begin as soon as forecasts of impending weather events are received from the National Weather Service, and the DPW develops a snow removal plan unique to the individual storm.  The primary focus in always on public safety.”
Added Paul Cascais, City of Summit Superintendent of Public Works, "We begin plowing at accumulations of three inches of snow, and before that focus on brining and salting roadways.  Working on a 24-hour schedule, we employ effective plowing and material usage strategies to keep the 80 miles of roads in Summit safe and passable.” 

Winds at sustained speeds of 25-35 miles per hour (MPH) are anticipated, with gusts up to 50 MPH possible.  Temperatures will eventually sink into the teens as a low.
According to, the winds from Juno will have multiple impacts: 

- Strong winds will combine with the snow to produce low visibility and blizzard or near-blizzard conditions Monday night through Tuesday.

- The winds could also cause some tree damage and power outages from coastal northeast New Jersey to coastal parts of New England. previously published a column -- authored by Lynn Reed, Sales Associate at Keller Williams-Summit -- regarding storm preparedness, in which Reed listed important telephone and website information for local utilities, City agencies, and emergency services.  This information should be kept close at hand during severe weather situations.
Juno was named by the winter storm naming committee at The Weather Channel on Sunday morning. The name Juno is from Roman mythology, a goddess who looked after the women of Rome.


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