WARREN, NJ - The storm is currently intensifying, leaving most roads snow covered and slippery, Warren police advised at 2 p.m. and asked residents to refrain from unnecessary travel. 

Both Warrenville Road and Washington Avenue north of Route 22 are CLOSED due hazardous road conditions. Hillcrest Road is closed to all traffic due to snow coverage, police advised at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. 

In Warren, Mt. Bethel Road between Mountain Blvd and Mt.Horeb Roads will temporarily be closed. 

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The National Weather Service is forecasting as much as 8 to 12 inches of snow to accumulate across the northern half of New Jersey and Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency.

The Warren Township Municipal Building and the Warren Library are closed today, Wednesday, Mar. 7 due to the storm. Watchung Borough offices and all Somerset County offices are also closed.


The county’s public transit is running but delays and/or cancellations of routes may occur as the storm progresses. 

Warrenbrook and the Senior Wellness Centers in Bernards and Bridgewater are closed Wednesday, March 7.

Warren Township Schools, Watchung Hills Regional High School, all the sending districts, North Plainfield High School and Raritan Valley Community College have all made the call to cancel school and all after school activities on Wednesday, Mar. 7.

All  WYBA recreation and travel home practices and games are cancelled. For away travel games you should check with your coach.

Forecasters anticipate hazardous travel conditions statewide. 

Be prepared for icy road conditions in Warren, especially Hillcrest Road, Morning Glory Road, Warrenville Road and Washington Avenue. Visibility could be reduced to a quarter of a mile or less at times, and snow-covered roadways will create hazardous travel conditions. Drivers are urged to use caution.

In the event you lose power, contact your local power provider and not Police Communications unless an emergency exists:

PSE&G: 800-286-9247

JCP&L: 800-285-0515

New Jersey American Water: 800-272-1325

Optimum (Cablevison): 866-546-9729

Verizon Fios: 877-322-0653

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. 

Municipalities in Somerset County will offer warming centers at various locations during regular business hours on Wednesday and beyond as needed.
 
Visit http://bit.ly/2018Warming for a list of warming centers, locations and hours of operation. Residents should call first to verify if the building is open. For a list of locations with telephone numbers, visit https://www.nj211.org/nj-warming-centers#Somerset

 

For more cold-weather information go to http://bit.ly/FreezingCold

 

 

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