WARREN, NJ - Stelllllllllla! Stella is coming. Be prepared. Some closings and cancellations have already been announced, including all New York City schools. Parents should be prepared for school closures.
A blizzard warning is in effect for Warren from 8 p.m. Monday through 6 p.m. Tuesday as a winter storm is forecasted to cripple the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, according to the National Weather Service.
The NWS issued this advisory, "Do not travel . . . Life-threatening conditions and extremely hazardous 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."
Warren Township has set up this page for important messages and resources.
The Woodland School Parent-Teacher basketball game has been postponed until March 22nd due to the impending snowstorm.
ALL SENIOR CENTERS operated by the Office on Aging & Disability Services will be closed Tuesday, March 14. ow.ly/uidB309RmLE
There will be NO MEALS ON WHEELS DELIVERIES on March 14. Clients are asked to use the non-perishable meals sent out earlier in the season.
The OFFICE ON AGING & DISABILITY SERVICES, located at 27 Warren St. in Somerville, will be closed to walk-ins on 3/14 for patron safety.
The OFFICE OF VETERANS SERVICES, located at 27 Warren St., will be closed to walk-ins on March 14. Call 908-704-6357 for info.
The INTOXICATED DRIVER RESOURCE CENTER class scheduled from 4 to 10 p.m. on March 13 & 14 is cancelled. Call (908) 704-6304.
ALL Somerset County TRANSPORTATION SERVICES will be cancelled on March 14. For info, call (908) 231-7116 or 1-800-246-0527.
RARITAN VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE will be closed on March 14.All classes and events at all locations are cancelled.
Appointments on 3/14 at the RICHARD HALL CENTER may be affected by the snow. Call first before attempting to travel! http://ow.ly/5HuK309RhXf
Due to the impending snow storm, warren Middle School is preemptively cancelling Food Days for March 14. If our meteorologist friends are incorrect about the timing or impact area of "Stella" and school is in fact in session tomorrow, YOU WILL NEED TO PACK LUNCH!!
As of now, Wednesday's food day will occur as scheduled, but if that should change you will inform you just as quickly as possible.
Appropriate credits will be applied within a week, after the full impact of the storm is known. Should you have any questions regarding WMS food days, contact Christine Gubitosi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. "This amount of snow over such a broad, heavily populated area could bring travel to a standstill as snow clogs streets and highways and heavy snow and wind trigger airline delays and flight cancelations." He added that, "Exactly where the storm tracks will determine the western extent of the heaviest snow zone, as well as where rain will fall along the coast and cut down on snowfall accumulation."
Should the storm materialize as 'advertised' school closures are likely, with residents advised to stay off the roads save for the most essential trips. Further prudent planning includes:
- Ensuring mobile phones are fully charged in the event of power loss.
- Keeping vehicles in the driveway as long as possible.
- 'Adopting a Hydrant' - clearing a two-foot perimeter around a hydrant near one's home or business, and removing snow from storm basin inlets.
- Helping neighbors who require assistance shoveling.
- Checking in on neighbors, especially the elderly.
Important telephone and website information for local utilities, City agencies, and emergency services includes:
Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/
If you have a downed power line or hazardous condition, call 1-888-544-4877 immediately.
If your power is out, complete this form: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/outages_help/Report_Power_Outages.html
JCP&L outage map:
If you have a downed power line, call 1-800-436-7734 immediately.
If your power is out, login here with your PSE&G account: https://myaccount.pseg.com/amserver/UI/Login?realm=pseg&goto=http%3A%2F%2Fmyportal.pseg.com%3A50000%2Firj%2Fportal
PSE&G outage map: http://www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/outagemap.jsp
New Jersey American Water - 1-800-272-1325
Optimum (Cablevision) - 1-866-546-9729
Verizon Fios - 1-877-322-0653