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South Orange Prepares for Winter Storm Jonas


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Winter Storm Jonas and Blizzard Preparedness Information

Winter storm and blizzard watches have been posted for much of the tri-state area. This means hazardous winter weather conditions such as heavy snow and blizzard conditions due to winds of 55 mph or higher with snow. Blowing snow may reduce visibility to less than 1/4 mile for at least 3 hours and will affect the area in the next 24 to 48 hours but its occurrence location and timing are still uncertain.

The National Weather Service issues Blizzard watch will remain in effect from Saturday morning through Sunday morning.

* Hazard types – heavy snow along with strong and potentially damaging winds.

* Accumulations – snow accumulation of 7 to 12 inches.

* Winds – northeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph.

* Temperatures – in the upper 20s lower 30s.

* Visibilities – one quarter mile or less at times.

* Timing – Saturday morning through Sunday morning.

* Impacts… extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions likely. Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.

Precautionary/preparedness actions.

A blizzard watch means there is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities. This can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very dangerous.

South Orange Specific:

Sign up with our SOINFORM (Emergency Notification System) for emergency alerts throughout town.

The South Orange Health Department Rabies Clinic scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. HAS BEEN CANCELLED. The rescheduled date is Saturday, February 20th 9 – 11 a.m. at 298 Walton Avenue.

Sidewalks must be shoveled 12 daylight hours after the end of the snow fall and 4 daylight hours for business.

While clearing sidewalks and aprons please ensure not to throw snow into the roadways.

All residents with On-Street parking permits must move their vehicles to the nearest municipal parking lot to allow street for plowing. Failure to move your vehicle could result in ticketing and/or towing

The “Snow Route” for Newstead, and Upper and Lower Wyoming may be put into effect on Monday, January 25 pending road conditions. Check the Village website and/or SOPA office phone for voice message updates.

PSE&G urges customers to be cautious during and after the storm:

To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snowblowers, in a garage or any other enclosed space.
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 or power outages, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. You can also report power outages and view the status of an outage by logging in to My Account on, PSE&G’s mobile-friendly website.

If you need assistance at any point do not hesitate to call the SOPD non-emergency at 973 763 3000, or 9-1-1 in an emergency.

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