Wintry Mix of Rain and Snow Will Cause Hazardous Conditions Sunday and Monday
WOODBRIDGE – As winter weather moves into New Jersey Sunday and Monday, Governor Phil Murphy today encouraged residents to prepare for the winter storm and hazardous travel conditions. The Administration is continuously monitoring weather conditions as the holiday weekend ends and the work week begins. New Jerseyans are encouraged to prepare for messy road conditions Sunday and Monday and are strongly encouraged to use public transportation if possible.
“New Jersey is expected to receive significant snow, sleet, and freezing rain that will create hazardous implications for our commuters and roadways,” said Governor Murphy. “My Administration is closely monitoring the snow storm and deploying all necessary resources to keep our residents safe. I urge everyone to travel with caution this holiday weekend and to always use their best judgment on the road.”
"New Jersey's transportation agencies -- the Department of Transportation, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the South Jersey Transportation Authority, NJ TRANSIT and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey -- are coordinating our response and prepared for whatever weather comes," NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. "If you are traveling today, plan extra time, drive carefully, and move over to give our crews and emergency responders the room to do their jobs to keep the state's highways clear and safe."
"Troopers are ready to assist residents and motorists across the state both on and off of the highways throughout this busy travel weekend," said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police. "We encourage everyone to prepare for winter weather. Please use caution when traveling and assemble an emergency kit for use at home and for your vehicle.”
“We are in communication with the utilities and they are prepared and ready in the event of outages,” said Joseph L. Fiordaliso, President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. “In anticipation of the coming weather and potential power outages, we recommend charging phones in advance and having contact information for your utility available. And, as always, never touch any downed power lines.”
“We ask our Interfaith partners to encourage their communities to make the necessary preparations and to check on neighbors throughout the storm,” said Jared M. Maples, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. "Additionally, if you 'See Something, Say Something.' Please report any suspicious activity to our Counterterrorism Watch Desk by calling 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ (866-472-3365) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org."
Important Tips to Remember When Preparing for Winter Weather:
Here are a few tips if you must drive during or after winter weather:
A mix of snow, sleet and rain will develop from south to north across the state this morning. Most areas will changeover to all rain later this morning and into this afternoon. But the higher elevations of Northwest will likely remain snow or a wintry mix. Any rain/mix will changeover to all snow Monday morning. Periods of snow will continue through the day Monday and will end Monday evening/night. Confidence on the changeover times and amounts is still low and snowfall amounts could change. Preliminary snowfall totals across the state: 6-8" Northwest; 2-6" Northeast; Up to 2”Central and Less than an inch South and none Coastal areas.
Follow weather news for local forecasts, warnings, and storm watches. For those living in Central and Southern New Jersey, visit the U.S. National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly at http://www.weather.gov/phi/. For those living in Northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area, visit the US National Weather Service New York, N.Y. at http://www.weather.gov/okx/.
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