STATE – A winter storm could bring over a foot of snow to central New Jersey on Thursday, according to National Weather Service predictions.
New Jersey Transit has already announced that it will cross-honor tickets from 5 a.m. tomorrow through the end of the service day. New Jersey Transit plans to operate a full weekday schedule system-wide, but the agency may have to make modifications depending on the severity of the storm.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning, which is in effect from tomorrow morning through Friday evening.
Precipitation is expected to begin tonight, starting out as either rain or a mixture of rain and snow. Overnight, the storm is expected to switch over to all snow.
Accumulations of 12 to 18 inches are possible throughout much of New Jersey, with the heaviest snow occurring from mid-morning Thursday through Thursday evening. The snow is expected to continue into Friday, tapering off into snow showers by evening.
Strong winds are expected at times, which will cause drifting and reduced visibility.
For updated information, visit the National Weather Service alert page.
Colonel Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and director of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, offered the following winter weather safety tips:
Travel Items to Include: All cars should be equipped with road maps, a cell phone w/ a hands free set, a shovel, a windshield scraper, a towrope, booster cables, and a brightly colored cloth to use as a distress signal. A bag of sand or non-clumping cat litter to spread under tires if stuck in snow is also recommended.
Proper Travel Notification: Drivers should inform someone that they are taking a trip, where they are going, the routes that will be traveled and when they are expected to return. Upon reaching their destination, drivers should call to report arrival. If traveling a long distance, please remember to fill up on fuel prior to making your trip. While traveling, stop frequently to refill the fuel tank. The breaks will help drivers stay alert.
On the Road: Always follow the rules of the road and adhere to the following guidelines:
- Always buckle your seat belt.
- Brake properly to avoid skidding. If driving on snow or ice, start slowly and brake gently. Begin braking early when approaching an intersection.
- If the vehicle starts to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until regaining traction, and then straighten the vehicle. For vehicles with antilock brakes, apply steady pressure.
Visibility and speed:
- In fog, drive with headlights set on dim or use fog lights.
- In rain, fog, snow or sleet, stay within the limits of your vision. If it is too difficult to see, pull off the road and stop.
- Drive slowly and increase following distance. Vehicle speed should adjust for conditions and match the flow of traffic.
- Watch for slick spots. Be physically and mentally prepared to react.
Additionally, a winter weather safety guide can be found on the official New Jersey Office of Emergency Management website at http://www.ready.nj.gov/plan/winter.html.
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