STATE – Most New Jersey residents can expect at least six inches of snow from the latest winter storm to hit our area, according to projections by the National Weather Service. The state’s eastern counties are likely to see the most snowfall, with some areas receiving up to 10 inches or more.
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The entire state is under a winter storm warning, beginning at 2 p.m. in southern counties, 4 p.m. in central New Jersey and 7 p.m. in the northern counties. The heaviest snowfall is expected to occur overnight. Reduced visibility and wind gusts could make traveling especially dangerous.
NJDOT crews began pre-treating major roadways yesterday with brine solution to start the melting process as soon as the first flakes fall.
State road crews and contractors are prepared to work all night, through Wednesday and as long as it takes to keep 12,950 lane miles of interstate and state highways as safe as possible.
Motorists are urged to allow extra travel time, exercise caution and should avoid unnecessary trips during the storm. NJDOT is working with NJ State Police to further ensure public safety. Motorists should remain behind snow-fighting equipment on the roadways and avoid attempting to pass the trucks.
It is state law to make all reasonable efforts to remove snow from a vehicle’s roof, hood, trunk and windshield. In the case of a truck, the law applies to the roof of a cab and the top of a semi-trailer, trailer or intermodal freight container.
Real-time traffic information, including weather-related incidents, is available by calling 511 or online at www.511nj.org.
NJ Transit is taking steps to minimize weather-related delays, but advises customers that service modifications may be necessary on Wednesday. To give customers additional travel options during expected winter weather conditions, NJ Transit will offer full systemwide cross-honoring starting at 7 p.m. tonight and continuing all day Wednesday, Jan. 12, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode—rail, bus or light rail.
Woodbridge reminds residents and business owners that vehicles must be removed from streets designated as Snow Emergency Routes in order to keep the streets open for plowing and snow removal operations over the next 24-36 hours. Parking prohibitions will remain in effect until the street has been plowed and on-street parking will not interfere with snow removal operations and/or the normal flow of traffic.
To assist plowing and snow removal efforts throughout the township, residents are encouraged to park vehicles in driveways and off streets wherever possible. Residents are reminded to not push snow into plowed streets and are asked to uncover fire hydrants located on or near residential property.
Wednesday trash collection will be moved up to tonight, beginning at 8 p.m. in Port Reading, Sewaren, Hopelawn, Keasbey, Fords and Menlo Park Terrace. Residents should place the green trash container curbside for collection tonight.
Perth Amboy officials are asking residents to stay home, if possible, to leave roads clear for emergencies. They advised that city ordinance requires that all vehicles must be removed from specific snow-covered roadways in order to allow snow plowing/removal equipment and emergency vehicles to get through. Park your vehicles in your driveways or city lots. Parking fees will be suspended. Residents are also asked to clear snow away from fire hydrants in case they are needed in an emergency.
The Raritan Bay Area YMCA – Perth Amboy Branch at 365 New Brunswick Avenue will be closed tomorrow. Programs and activities will be rescheduled
The Center for Lifelong Learning YMCA at 333 Cheesequake Road in Parlin will be closed from 6-9 a.m. on Wednesday because of anticipated weather conditions. Call 1-732-317-0333 for updated information.
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