Police & Fire

Westfield ‘Ready’ for Winter Storm Expected to Start Wednesday Morning

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Union County in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday, according to a Nixle alert sent by the police department on behalf of the town Tuesday. Heavy snow is expected, with accumulations of 11 to 15 inches.

To read the full message, click here.

The town is ready, according to the alert.

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“The town has mobilized its resources to manage any storm related issues that arise. The plows are ready!” the message reads. It also says, “Before you go to bed this evening, please remember to move your vehicles.”

The message also says that the department of public works has been working to collect residential storm debris from the previous nor’easter that was placed curbside.

“Inasmuch as this cleanup began just yesterday, the town is aware that piles remain throughout the town,” the message says. “As public works’ operations necessarily switch to plowing, plow operators will do their very best to avoid the piles. This situation adds to the importance of removing vehicles from the roadway.”

Police reminded residents that following ordinances will be enforced:



Section 13-16 Parking Prohibited

Whenever snow has fallen and there is an accumulation of three inches or more on any street, no vehicle shall be parked on any street in the Town of Westfield. This prohibition shall remain in effect until and after the snowfall has ceased and the street has been plowed following the cessation of the snowfall. Downtown residents who have “Nite Owl” permits are permitted to park in the long term spaces in Lot #4 (behind Baron’s Drugs) during snow events.

Sec. 13-16.7 Alternate Side of Street Parking

Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 13-16 to the contrary, the Westfield Police Department is authorized to permit alternate side of the street parking during or following snow storms…Should three inches of snow fall, the following locations are subject to alternate side of the street parking and vehicles need to park on the side of the street with odd house numbers: the 400 and 500 block of Downer Street, Livingston Street, Cacciola Place, and Cowperthwaite Place between Clark and Elm Streets. 

Residents along state and county roads were reminded that both the state of New Jersey and the county of Union prohibit parking on the roadways under their jurisdiction when they are snow-covered. 

In a press release, PSE&G said that it has mobilized nearly 600 mutual aid and contract employees and it urged customers to remain safe:

• Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with. 
• To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snowblowers, in a garage or any other enclosed space. 

Customers should report downed wires or power outages by calling PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. Also, customers can report outages at www.pseg.com or by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG (47734). The utility’s mobile-friendly website includes an “Outage Map” that is updated every 15 minutes and displays the location and status of power outages in PSE&G’s service area. 
 

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