WARREN, NJ - Governor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency for NJ and the National Weather Service (NWS) in Mount Holly has issued a Winter Storm Warning and Hazardous Weather Outlook from noon on Monday through 7 p.m. Tuesday. A major snowstorm with the potential for up to 24 inches of snow is predicted. The storm is trending on twitter as #snowmageddon2015.
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.
In a release from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, Governor Chris Christie advised New Jersey residents to maintain a high level of situational awareness regarding the weather conditions.
"I urge all New Jersey residents to monitor the National Weather Service forecasts. This is a serious and significant weather event which will create extremely hazardous conditions. Travel will be dangerous and it is not advised."
All schools will have an early dismissal on January 26. All after school and evening activities are also canceled. The early dismissal times are as follows: Watchung Hills- 12:05 ,Middle School - 12:45, A.L. Tomaso School - 12:50, Central School, Mt Horeb, and Woodland School - 1:20 p.m. Due to the impending snowstorm there will be no lunch at Warren Middle School.
All government offices will close at 1 p.m. on Monday and will be closed on Jan. 27. The Warren Township Library closed at noon on Monday. The Warrenbrook Senior Center will be closed on Tuesday and there will be no meals on wheels.
All flights leaving from area airports on Tuesday have been canceled.
Our Lady of the Mount CCD classes are suspended today, Monday January 26.
Due to the forecast, the 3rd grade Music Concert at Woodland School originally scheduled for Tuesday, January 27 has been postponed to Tuesday February 3 at 7:30 p.m.
According to the National Weather Service, there will be life-threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions. Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.
Expect heavy snow with blowing and drifting, slippery conditions and possible closures on Hillcrest Rd., Washington Ave., Warrenville Rd. and Morning Glory Rd. in Warren.
Now is the time to prepare and make sure you have the supplies you need for this potentially historic winter storm. Do not proceed with any travel plans in the affected areas late Monday and Tuesday or you could put yourself in great danger.
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 "
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. The Warren Fire Dept. said," Just a friendly reminder to all the residents of Warren to please help us by ensuring that your nearby fire hydrant has been shoveled out. Being able to locate and quick utilize fire hydrants is crtical for operations. So while we’re out running fire calls, please please please go outside and shovel out your neighborhood fire hydrant."
Be prepared in case of power outages. Charge your electronics, get batteries, flashlights and candles ready.
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.
If you do have to go out on the roads, bring emergency supplies and a fully charged mobile phone.
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.
TAP into Warren will update to reflect new information as it is released.
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