TRENTON, NJ - Governor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency due to the snow storm.
Snow is currently falling at 1-2 inches per hour, making it difficult for plows to keep up. Residents are asked to stay off the roads and let the plows do their job. Only travel if it is an absolute emergency. Current predictions of total snow fall are estimated between 10 and 14 inches by the end of the storm.
Christie tweeted, "Just like last time, I encourage everyone, if possible, to stay off the roads so that our officials can safely respond to any emergencies.”
By declaring a State of Emergency, the State Director of Emergency Management is authorized to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies.
As of 4 p.m. today, there have been 238 reported motor vehicle accidents and 354 reported motorists aids in New Jersey State Police patrol areas, according to the agency. In a tweet, the agency reports that the NJDOT has requested that police tow any abandoned vehicles on interstates and state roadways from 3 p.m. today until noon tomorrow.
The Warren Township Office of ,Emergency Management says," Warren residents are urged to stay off the roads, many which are currently treacherous, to permit Warren Township Department of Public Works to clear the road ways, and to allow First Responders (Police, Fire Department and the Rescue Squad) to have full access to them. Please stay safe, and thank you for your cooperation."
Do not call Police Communications about your street not being plowed. DPW will get to it once the snow stops and all the main arteries are clear.
If you have a fire hydrant near your residence or business, the Fire Departments ask that you help them out and clear the area around the hydrant in case of an emergency.
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.