WARREN, NJ - Governor Christie has declared a state of emergency in the state of New Jersey.
Warren Township schools and Watchung Hills Regional High School have announced a school closing for Wednesday, Feb. 5 due to the storm. All afternoon and evening activities are also cancelled.
All government offices will be closed on Wednesday, Feb 5.
By declaring a State of Emergency, the State Director of Emergency Management is authorized to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies.
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service. The warning calls for snow to begin falling Wednesday, Feb. 5 around midnight, with possible snow accumulations of 4-8 inches. The warning is in effect from midnight to 6 p.m. on Feb. 5.
The wintry weather is expected to continue through Wednesday morning, with snow, freezing rain and sleet before noon; freezing rain and sleet between noon and 3 p.m., and snow and freezing rain after 3 p.m., with possible additional accumulations of 1-3 inches.
The primary threat is a widespread icing event. Many locations will see over one tenth inch ice accumulation. Some locations will see ice accumulation of up to one quarter with a possibility of one-half inch, which would cause major problems due to ice accumulation on tree limbs and power lines.
Take the time now to clear out the snow around fire hydrants and knock snow off of tree branches and bushes to avoid breakage later.
Be prepared in case of power outages. Charge your electronics, get batteries, flashlights and candles ready.
Warren Township Police ask drivers to remember, "Four-wheel drive helps you drive, not stop. Please drive slow and keep your distance between the car in front of you. Stay safe "
The heavy, wet snow followed by more snow, freezing rain and ice has the potential for causing power lines to go down. In the event you experience a power outage, be sure to contact your service provider (PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734; Jersey Central Power & Light: 1-888-544-4877).
Do NOT contact the police department unless an emergency exists with your power loss.
The Warren Department of Public Works has been working non-stop to plow and de-ice the many miles of Warren roads. If you see them, thank them.
There is another potential winter storm this coming weekend. More details will be forthcoming later in the week.