WARREN, NJ - Happy Spring. Get the milk, bread and eggs. Get the generator, gas and chainsaw and be prepared to lose another day of spring break if Wednesday is called a snow day. Heavy mixed precipitation is expected with snow accumulations of 8 to 14 inches in our area by Wednesday evening when the fourth Nor’easter of the year hits. #foureaster is trending, and Winter does not want to let go of its hold. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute on Wednesday. Significant reductions in visibility are expected.
A winter storm warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday evening to 2 a.m. Thursday. Snow mixed
with sleet and perhaps freezing rain at times is predicted to develop by Tuesday evening, then change to all snow overnight and continue heavy at times Wednesday, according to an alert from the National Weather Center.
Roads, especially in the hilly areas, may become impassable if 1 to 3 inches per hour snowfall rates develop as expected Wednesday afternoon. Power outages are possible. Northeast to north winds may gust 20 to 30 mph at times.
Expect closures of Hillcrest Road, Washington Avenue, and Warrenville Road.
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.
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.
To report a power outage go to the JCP&L power outage map http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/nj.html or the PSE&G power outage map http://outagecenter.pseg.com/external/default.html
Check on your neighbors, particularly the elderly. If you feel they need a wellness check in Warren, call the Warren Township Police at 908-753-1000. The Police will check up on them.
While the forecast could change, be prepared for power outages, downed trees, and blocked roads.
Have a full tank of gas in the car and gas for generators and snowblowers. Check the oil level before use.
For those with fireplaces, have dry firewood on hand.
Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operational, flashlights work and have extra batteries. Charge cellphones, portable chargers and anything needed to entertain.
The Warren Township Office of Emergency Management recommends the following:
- If you have a well or need a sump pump, buy a generator to run it along with a few basic services such as a couple of lights, the refrigerator, and the heat. Do NOT run vehicles, generators, or snow blowers inside your garage. Review generator safety procedures.
- Review your family's Emergency Plan. Be prepared to have enough food, water, medications, and other necessities for you, your family, and your pets to stay in your home for a few days with or without power.
- Have extra batteries for flashlights and fully charge your cell phones.
- If you or a loved one have special or medical needs, please plan ahead for the upcoming weather conditions by making necessary arrangements in the event of a power loss.
- Check on your neighbors, particularly the elderly. If you feel that someone needs a wellness check, contact the Warren Police at 908-753-1000, and they will send out an officer.
- The Mayor and Township Committee urge your assistance to allow First Responders and the Department of Public Works to clear the roads as quickly as possible--stay home. Until the roads are cleared and safe, stay off the roadways as conditions may become extremely hazardous.
- Stay away from downed trees and wires.
- Warming/charging centers and shelters will not be opened until the roads are safely passable.
- Remove vehicles from the roadway to aid in the plowing of streets and allow for the passage of emergency vehicles.
- Clear a path to your front door in the event that emergency workers need to access your residence.
- Shovel out any fire hydrants and generators on your property.
- Do not plow snow from your driveway into the street. This is a violation of Township ordinances. The Township is not responsible for plowing the apron of your driveway.
- Pursuant to Warren Township Ordinance 3-3A.2, sidewalks must be cleared of snow or ice by the owner or tenant of the abutting property within 12 hours after snow has fallen.
- Use 911 only for emergency situations. In Warren, the Police Departments non-emergency line for all other inquiries is: 908-753-1000.
- Information regarding road conditions on state roads is available at the NJ Department of Transportation's website, http://www.511nj.org/.
- Information regarding emergency preparedness can be found at the state's website, www.ready.nj.gov.
- Updated information is available at warrennj.org/storm and on AM radio 680, Warren Emergency Broadcast.
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