WARREN, NJ – Forecasters anticipate hazardous travel conditions statewide to include the Monday morning commute, as a coastal storm is anticipated to bring strong winds and up to two inches of rain through Monday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch and a Storm Watch for the community in advance of the storm, the advisory said. The Somerset County Sherrif's Office has issued a flood watch through Monday night. Be prepared for flooding conditions in Warren. Drivers are urged to use caution.

In addition to friendly betting on the Big Games, Warren is wagering on the timing of phone calls from area schools. Will Monday will be either a delayed opening or a snow day? Will the call come Sunday night or Monday morning at 5 a.m.? 

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The advisories are for a winter storm that is barreling up the east coast with damaging winds and torrential rains.

Somerset County is under a storm warning, high wind warning and fog warning. Heavy rain and strong winds with gusts up to 55 m.p.h. are expected from around 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday with the heaviest rain and wind conditions throughout the day, officials said.

Rain is expected to develop from south to north later in the morning on Monday, but winds will begin to increase overnight tonight ahead of the rain, forecasters predict.

According to the advisory, winds at the peak of the storm will be sustained to 20-30 m.p.h. with some 40-55 m.p.h. gusts at times, highest thru the morning and early afternoon.

Emergency officials recommend residents secure all loose items in and around their properties and to prepare for the wind to take down trees and branches, causing power outages.

In the event you lose power, contact your local power provider and not Police Communications unless an emergency exists:

PSE&G: 800-286-9247

JCP&L: 800-285-0515

 

The timing of the storm is eerily reminiscent of last year’s blizzard which dumped approximately 24 inches of snow in Warren on January 23– January 24. 

 

In the event the storm turns to snow, help the Department of Public Works with snow removal by removing your vehicle from the side of the road. Do not push snow from your driveway back onto the street and do not call 9-1-1 about snow removal from your street.

 

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