STATE — State officials are advising New Jersey residents to exercise caution if they have to travel today.
“Ice storms make driving much more unpredictable than snow storms,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, director of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. ”Roadways can look fine, but turn from wet to icy without notice.”
NJ Transit has suspended service on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines due to a power problem, and Amtrak service is suspended between Philadelphia and New York. Midtown Direct trains have been re-routed to and from Hoboken. Trains and buses are experiencing delays. NJ Transit is cross-honoring tickets systemwide and PATH is cross-honoring NJ Transit tickets and passes at Newark, Hoboken and 33rd Street in Manahattan.
Motorists can check current road conditions at the New Jersey Department of Transportation website, www.511nj.org. Mass transit customers can check www.njtransit.com for the latest travel alerts and advisories.
The National Weather Service’s ice storm warning remains in effect until mid-morning for central New Jersey, and until this evening for some northern counties. Ice accumulations between half an inch to an inch are expected. Moderate freezing rain mixed with sleet is expected to continue through the morning, gradually changing to rain as temperatures climb above freezing.
As of 7 a.m., PSE&G is reporting about 3,150 customers without power due to icy weather conditions. Crews are working to restore service but may be hampered by difficult driving conditions. To report a power outage, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG.
State offices will open after a two-hour delay. IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers located in Edison, Fairfield, Freehold, Jersey City, Mountainside, Newark, Paramus, Parsippany, Paterson and Trenton will also have delayed openings. Many area schools are closed today or operating on a delayed opening schedule.
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