VERONA/CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The National Weather Service issued a Blizzard Warning for Verona and Cedar Grove beginning at midnight Tuesday through midnight Wednesday. There is potential for 18 to 24 inches of snow in the area, making travel extremely hazardous.

Blizzard conditions include dangerous travel due to whiteout conditions, power outages, high winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts of up to 40 mph and temperatures well below freezing.  Snow is expected to arrive in our area late Monday night and continue falling through Tuesday evening.  Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour are predicted for Tuesday morning.

Local police and township officials are encouraging residents to stay home during the storm.  

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"Residents are urged to stay off the roads and keep your vehicles off the roadway so the plows can clear the streets. Please clear any fire hydrants near your home in the event of fire in the area," Cedar Grove Township Manager Tom Tucci said. "Try to help any elderly neighbors or people with medical conditions and be safe and stay in your home until the storm event has concluded."

Tucci also reminded residents to be careful with snow removal, being sure not to throw snow back in the street when shoveling and to pile snow on the right side of the driveway while  facing the street so it is not plowed back into your driveway.  

Verona Police Chief Mitchell Stern noted that Verona had already held its first "storm prep" meeting and planned to have additional meetings Monday morning to prepare led by Captain Chris Kiernan of Verona police department who serves as the townships Emergency Management Coordinator.  

Stern asks residents to stay updated via their local weather station, the township website (www.veronanj.org), the police department website (www.veronapolice.org), and most importantly, for immediate information, Nixle (www.nixle.com).  The township and police department also have a significant presence on social media (Twitter and Facebook), he added.

"I would remind people to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly; to remember your limits when shoveling snow; and your safety when operating power equipment such as snow blowers and snow plows," Stern said. "As the storm gets closer and we develop further info, we'll send it out."