WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Police Department made the following announcement Wednesday evening:

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning for eastern Union County and a Winter Weather Advisory for western Union County in effect from 1 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday. 

In eastern Union County, heavy snow is expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning and evening commutes on Thursday. The NWS is forecasting total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. Winds may gust as high as 45 mph reducing visibility and causing local areas of blowing snow. 

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In western Union County, snow and blowing snow is expected with accumulations of 2 to 5 inches according to the NWS. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow and poor visibility. 

The town continues to monitor the development of this storm and is prepared should plowing operations need to commence. Generally, plows are deployed when 3” of snow have accumulated on the roadways. 

Residents are reminded of the following ordinances that have been enacted for the safety for pedestrians and motorists and to enable efficient plowing operations: 

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 snowstorm. 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 even house numbers: 

400 block of Downer Street; 
Livingston Street; 
Cacciola Place; 
Cowperthwaite Place between Prospect and Elm Streets. 

Section 13-16.2 Placing/Plowing snow in streets: 

No owner, tenant, occupant of any premises abutting on any street shall throw, place or deposit any snow or ice into or upon any street or sidewalk in the town, it being the intent and purpose of this provision to prohibit all persons from throwing, casting, placing or depositing snow or ice which accumulates on private property onto the sidewalks or streets of the town of Westfield, thereby obstructing or impeding vehicular or pedestrian traffic or blocking access to any street or sidewalk.

Section 24-5 Removal of snow and ice from sidewalks: 

The owner, tenant or occupant of any premises abutting any street shall remove all snow from the sidewalks abutting any portion of said premises within twenty-four (24) hours after the snow has ceased to fall. Where ice is frozen to the sidewalk, it shall be removed or shall be treated with salt or other ice melt product. 

Should plowing operations begin, further updates will be posted to this website and broadcast via Twitter and Nixle.