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Posted on: January 18, 2019

January 19, 2019 - Winter Storm - Update 2

South Orange OEM

The Township of South Orange Village Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the impending Winter Storm.

Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Please check the website for updated information throughout the storm.

The Village has received numerous reports of residents affected by power outages. Our main line from a substation is locked out (not providing power) and crews have been dispatched. Until the crews identify where the problem is originating from, there's not going to be any certainty on restoration. Continue to check the website for further updates. Please also do not assume that someone else is reporting the outage for your street, you need to do it as well so they have accurate records of EVERY household.

Please report any power outages to PSEG at: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734)

Weather:

PRECIPITATION DEVELOPING AS: SNOW ON (DAY): SATURDAY AT APPROXIMATELY: 4-6PM

PRECIPITATION CHANGING TO: RAIN BETWEEN: 10PM-MIDN ON: SATURDAY NIGHT

THEN MIXING WITH: SNOW BETWEEN: 10AM-NOON ON: SUNDAY

ACCUMULATING SNOW OR SNOW/ICE OR ICE EXPECTED TO END: SUNDAY AT APPROXIMATELY: NOON-2PM

FIRST INCH ON PAVEMENT EXPECTED BETWEEN: 6-8PM

THREE INCHES ON PAVEMENT EXPECTED BETWEEN: 8-10PM 

SIX INCHES ON PAVEMENT EXPECTED BETWEEN: N/A

TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION: 2 - 5 INCHES

TOTAL ICE ACCUMULATION: INCHES

TEMPERATURE AT THE ONSET OF PRECIPITATION: 33-37 DEGREES

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DURING PRECIPITATION: 33-37 DEGREES

TEMPERATURE AT THE END OF PRECIPITATION: 32-36 DEGREES

AVERAGE WIND DIRECTION AND SPEED: S 10-20 MPH

REMARKS: 2-4 INCHES OF ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED SATURDAY EVENING, AND TR-1 INCH EARLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. COLD TEMPS AND GUSTY WINDS ARE EXPECTED SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY

Emergency Alerts and Non-Emergency Notifications:

The Village's Alerts & Notifications 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. http://www.southorange.org/610/SO-Alerts

Emergency Protocols:

Saturday night into Sunday travel is highly discouraged. If you have an on street parking permit, please move your vehicle to the nearest municipal lot (preferred lot during a snow event is the Third and Valley Garage levels 4 and 5)

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.

Please do not stretch extension cords across road ways as it creates an unsafe condition for you and our emergency personnel.

Municipal Offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Emergency Services and the Department of Public Works will continue to manage the storm.

Parking Authority:

No Jitney Service or Senior Services on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Winter Recreation Program Participants:

In the event of bad weather and/or hazardous travel conditions that requires the closure of buildings and/or program cancellations, there are 2 ways to be notified:

CODE-A-PHONE AND TWITTER

1)     Call the department code-a-phone at 973-762-0748. If there is no announcement for the current day, activities will be held as scheduled.

2)     Set up “twitter” account to receive notifications IMMEDIATELY to your mobile device. To do so, go to www.twitter.com, create a free account, and follow “SOrangeRec”.  Again, if you receive NO notice, all activities are on as scheduled.

Essex County:

Essex County has declared a "Snow Emergency" effective January 19, 2019, at 1200 hours to enforce traffic regulations for no parking and tow-away zones on all County roads. 

New Jersey: 

Governor Phil Murphy has issued a State of Emergency for the entire state effective Saturday, January 19, at 12:00 p.m., ahead of the impending weekend storm. Additionally, Colonel Patrick J. Callahan has announced a commercial vehicle travel restriction due to the anticipated severity of the impending winter storm.

Effective, Saturday, January 19, at 12:00 p.m., there will be a commercial vehicle travel restriction for the following roadways:

·         I-195 (entire length)
·         I-78 (entire length)
·         I-80 (entire length)
·         I-280 (entire length)
·         I-287 (entire length)
·         I-295 (including and between exits 60-76)

The commercial vehicle travel restriction does NOT apply to the following roadways:

New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway

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/external/default.html

Additional information:

If there are power outages, the Village 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 Report a Concern at http://www.southorange.org/597/SO-Connect or by downloading the app GovAlert on your mobile phone. Understand non high priority requests may not be responded to immediately.

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