WARREN, NJ - The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Watch for Warren and areas of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York for Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Warren is speculating. With snow forecasted overnight, parents took to social media to debate,"Do you think there will be a delayed opening or no school?"
Forecasters predict a significant winter storm for Wednesday night and throughout Thursday. A period of sleet/rain will approach the area after midnight Wednesday, but by 3am to 5am Thursday, any mix will change to heavy snow which will continue through mid-morning. During this time, snowfall rates over one inch per hour are likely, and at times a rate of two to three inches per hour is possible.
This system is predicted to wind down by early Thursday afternoon, however not before producing widespread significant accumulations. There is still room for a shift in track, however totals of 6-12" or more are looking increasingly likely.
Expect slippery roads and possible school disruptions.
I- 78 and I-287 will be impacted along with local roads. Bridges and overpasses are the first to ice over. If driving, reduce speed and allow extra time to reach your destination.
Expect icy conditions and possible road closures.
This is predicted to be heavy, wet snow.
In the event you lose power, contact your local power provider and not Police Communications unless an emergency exists:
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.
After the storm, remember to clear all snow and ice for your vehicle, sidewalks and fire hydrants.
Residents are encouraged to put together a “disaster kit” containing necessities in case of a long-term loss of electricity and other utilities, or if they have to leave their homes for a few days.
Kits should include a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food, a manual can opener, a fire extinguisher, a change of warm clothes, first-aid kit, bedding, prescription medication, sanitary needs, a standard AM/FM radio, flashlights and extra batteries, and any items required for infants, people with disabilities and pets.
Residents also should get cash and gasoline for their vehicles before the storm, since power outages may disrupt ATMs and gas pumps. Visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/_ongoing/emergency_preparedness.html for emergency preparedness resources before and after a storm.
For information about the proper use of generators, preventing carbon monoxide poisoning and more go to http://bit.ly/Safetips or http://www.state.nj.us/health/
For information about preparing pets and livestock for an emergency, visit the County Animal Response Team’s webpage at www.co.somerset.nj.us/cart/index.html