WARREN, NJ - Despite spring like temperatures on Wednesday, Warren is under a Winter Weather Warning for Wednesday night and Thursday morning from the National Weather Service. With snow forecasted overnight, parents took to social media to debate, "Do you think there will be a delayed opening or no school? And, when will the call come?"
The NWS upgraded the forecast from a Watch to a Warning. The 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. This is predicted to be heavy, wet snow.
At Warren Middle School, food days were canceled for Thursday. Parents and guardians were advised, "In advance of the potential snow storm expected to hit our area tomorrow, we have CANCELLED FOOD DAYS for Thursday 2/9/17. All orders will be credited accordingly. If we do in fact have a regularly scheduled school day, please remember to PACK A LUNCH for your child(ren). Should you have any questions, please contact me at the email address shown below. Stay safe!"
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.
Hazardous/dangerous travel due to snow covered roads and poor visibilities. Blowing and drifting snow is likely. Local power outages with downed trees and powerlines possible. * Winds...North 10 to 20 mph with gusts 35 to 40 mph. * Visibilities...one quarter mile or less at times. * Temperatures...falling into the 20s over most of this area. - National Weather Service
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Expect icy conditions and possible road closures. 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.
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 "
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.
Be prepared in case of power outages. Charge your electronics, get batteries, flashlights and candles ready.
Remember to remove any loose items from your home that could be blown around and cause damage to people and property.
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