A nor’easter named Winter Storm Stella is bearing down on the Northeast with projections of up to 18″ of snow for our area and talk of “bombogenesis.” As a result, local school districts, town governments and organizations are getting prepared by announcing closures and other measures.
The South Orange Maplewood School District has closed all its schools for Tuesday, March 14, 2017 — with the announcement coming early afternoon on Monday, March 13. All after school activities for March 14 are canceled as well.
(However, the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education Community Forum on the 2017-2018 Budget will take place at 7:00pm March 13 at Montrose Early Childhood Center as scheduled.)
There will be no overnight on-street parking in Maplewood and South Orange and no jitney service on March 14. South Orange’s senior bus service will not run on March 14.
South Orange has announced closure of the court for March 14 as well as the closure of all non-essential township offices.
The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) located at 1 SOPAC Way will be open as a warming center/shelter at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 14. Those who need assistance to get there, can contact SOPD at 973 763 3000.
The Maplewood Library has rescheduled its “Your Library — Your Voice” event for April 3. Also, the Library itself will be closed.
NJ Transit rail service will operate on a weekend schedule; see more information here.
This article will be updated as more information comes in.
South Orange Township posted a lengthy update with the following information:
SO Alerts: Emergency Alerts and Non-Emergency Notifications:
The Village’s SOALERTS system allows residents to subscribe to our notification service for all levels of Emergency Alerts as well as subscribe to specific non-emergency Notifications covering a variety of Village services and topics. Please update and check your subscription to ensure that you are getting all requested notifications. https://nj-southorange.
On street parking is prohibited and travel is highly discouraged. If you have an on street parking permit, please move your vehicle to the nearest municipal lot.
If you have a fire hydrant in front of your home please keep it clearly visible and accessible as it could save your home – or even your life.
Residents are required to clear snow as best as possible from their sidewalks within 12 daylight hours following snowfall. Do not shovel snow into roadways, as it puts emergency vehicles in danger. Please be careful when shoveling and take frequent breaks.
Shoveling snow into the street is prohibited and will result in the issuance of a summons which will require a court appearance and fine.
The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) located at 1 SOPAC Way, will be open as a warming center / shelter at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 14th. If you need assistance in getting there, please contact SOPD at 973 763 3000.
Village Non-Essential Departments will be closed tomorrow March 14, 2017.
South Orange Court Session for Tuesday, March 14, 2017 held in the Maplewood Police and Court Building located at 1618 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040 has been cancelled.
Senior Bus Service will be cancelled tomorrow Tuesday, March 14th. Service will resume on Wednesday weather permitting.
All Jitney Commuter Service will be cancelled tomorrow Tuesday, March 14th (am, pm and late night). Service will resume on Wednesday weather permitting.
All vehicles with On-Street parking permits must move their vehicle(s) to the nearest municipal lot or the Third Street Garage to allow for snow plowing.
All enforcement will be suspended during the storm.
The SOPA office will be closed on Tuesday, March 14th.
Any parking requests or issues should be called into the So Police Department at 973.763.3000.
The SOPA office and all services will resume on Wednesday weather permitting.
Third party reporting:
Please report any power outages to PSEG at: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734)
You can view the PSEG outage map: http://outagecenter.pseg.com/
If there are power outages, the Village of South Orange asks all residents and neighborhood associations and groups to do their best to check on any residents that may be elderly or have special needs.
Emergency calls for police, fire or medical service will be triaged and high priority calls will be answered first. Non-emergency information and requests for service can be submitted via SOConnect at http://www.southorange.org/
The South Orange Police Department, Fire Department, Rescue Squad, Department of Public Works and Office of Emergency Management are all staffed up to handle emergent conditions throughout the duration of the storm and operations are being coordinated through the Office of Emergency Management’s Emergency.
PSE&G: Preparing for the Winter Storm
PSE&G is preparing for the approaching storm predicted to bring heavy snow and strong winds to the Northeast on Tuesday. Snow and high winds can bring down trees and power lines. We take every storm with the potential for outages seriously, and we have additional personnel and auxiliary equipment ready.
We also have extra personnel to respond as quickly as possible to emergency requests. Both PSE&G’s call centers and appliance service department are prepared to respond to customer “no heat” calls as temperatures remain low during the next several days.
|•||To report power outages call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734), or log in to My Account at pseg.com to report an outage or view outage status.|
|•||You can also report an outage by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG.|
|•||Sign up for MyAlerts for 2-way text or email notifications about the status of power outages in your area.|
|•||View our Outage Map that is updated every 15 minutes and displays the location and status of power outages in PSE&G’s service area.|
|•||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 report downed wires call 1-800-436-PSEG.|
|•||To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snow blowers, in a garage or any other enclosed space.|
Essex County Enacts “Code Blue” Procedures:
On Monday, March 13th, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced the Essex County’s Code Blue procedures are being activated because of snow in the forecast. The Code Blue will be in effect from Monday, March 13th at 5 p.m. to Thursday, March 16th at 8 a.m.
“Providing our homeless residents with a warm place to stay during extreme weather conditions is important for their safety and well-being. We thank our participating shelters and warming stations who are working with us to open their doors in these times of need,” DiVincenzo said.
“Our homeless residents need a warm place to stay when winter weather gets this bad. The organizations opening their doors are providing a great service and helping us protect the safety of these vulnerable residents,” Fontoura said.
Conditions for a Code Blue are defined as when the temperature drops below 15 degrees for a 48-hour period or when the wind chill is below 0 degrees. When those conditions are met, or when the weather forecast predicts these conditions, the County Executive can proclaim a Code Blue and enact the procedure.
When a Code Blue is declared, a network of warming stations operated by the County and its municipalities and shelters operated by the community based organizations will be opened. The warming stations identified include Essex County Codey Arena and a variety of public libraries, senior centers, civic and community centers, school buildings, houses of worship, firehouses and first aid squad buildings. Warming stations are generally opened during the day and may not provide overnight accommodations. Shelters do provide overnight accommodations. In addition, shelters that regularly require occupants to leave during the day will suspend that practice so people can stay indoors.
A list of available warming stations and shelters is available on www.NJ211.org and available by dialing 2-1-1.