WARREN, NJ - Another major winter storm is headed our way and the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for all of New Jersey.
The storm system is expected to reach us late Wednesday night with precipitation starting off as snow. It could then mix with sleet Thursday morning before changing back to all snow in the afternoon.
Current forecasts show Warren to be in the 10+ inch range of snow accumulation.
The storm's track remains uncertain. A slight change in the track could mean a change in precipitation type for parts of the state.
Somerset County Recycling will attempt to pick up on Thursday as scheduled if the roads are passable and if all of the trucks aren't used for plowing. If recycling isn't picked up on Thursday, it will be picked up as soon as possible, either Friday or Saturday.
In anticipation of the need to plow streets, residents are asked to remove any vehicles from the roadway by Wednesday evening.
Take the time now to clear out the snow around fire hydrants and knock snow off of tree branches and bushes to avoid breakage later.
Be prepared in case of power outages. Charge your electronics, get batteries, flashlights and candles ready.
Warren Township Police ask drivers to remember, "Four-wheel drive helps you drive, not stop. Please drive slow and keep your distance between the car in front of you. Stay safe."
The heavy, wet snow followed by more snow, freezing rain and ice has the potential for causing power lines to go down. In the event you experience a power outage, be sure to contact your service provider (PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734; Jersey Central Power & Light: 1-888-544-4877).
Do NOT contact the police department unless an emergency exists with your power loss.
The Warren Department of Public Works has been working Wednesday to widen the many miles of Warren roads in anticipation of yet more snow. If you see them, thank them.
One more time from the Warren Office of Emergency Management:
Preparations for an Emergency Event:
Be ready and plan ahead: Create a Family Emergency Plan that includes what you will do if you lose electricity for an extended period of time. Have a kit of emergency supplies and needed items on hand ahead of time.
Items for the Home should include:
• At least a three day supply of water (one gallon of water per day p...er family member)
• If on well water, fill bath tubs for water to flush toilets
• At least a three day day supply of ready-to-eat, non-perishable food
• Manual can opener
• Extra cash on hand (no power=no debit machine or banks)
• Extra blankets and warm clothes
• First Aid kit
• Toiletries including disposable cleaning cloths, such as "baby wipes" for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available and personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.
• One week’s prescription of medicine
• Tools and Flashlights with extra batteries
• Battery operated radio and extra batteries
• Gasoline level at least half full in vehicles
• Special Needs items;
o Items for Infant care such as formula and diapers
o Items for Elderly family members
o Items for relatives with special needs
o Items for pets such as food and supplies
• A list of important phone numbers (physicians, utility companies,
• Important documents in a water tight case
• A backup sump pump and a backup power supply
• Up to date fire extinguishers
• Cell phones and chargers (Charge your cell phones ahead of the storm)
In case of the need to Evacuate:
• Create an emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.
• Every family member should carry the following contact information:
• All phone numbers of work, school, etc., for every family member
• Reunion points outside your house and outside your neighborhood, plus the name and number of a relative who lives out of state to call in case the family gets separated