CRANFORD — The Cranford Police Department is closely following the severe weather forecast for our area and is asking residents to remove their vehicles from township roadways before the snow arrives.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Cranford from 1 p.m. Friday until 1 p.m. Saturday. Heavy snow with blizzard conditions are possible along with sleet and/or freezing rain.
The Cranford area is expected to receive approximately 7-8 inches of snow between Friday and Saturday based on current weather models. Depending on the further track of the storm there is potential for an increase in these snowfall totals.
Wind speeds will be increasing to 25-35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
Temperatures Friday will be in the 30s dropping to the 20s Friday night. Saturday will be in the 30s.
The storm is expected to begin in our area after 1 a.m. Friday.
Blizzard conditions of blowing and drifting snow, making roads impassable may be seen Friday afternoon through early Saturday.
Power outages are likely due to heavy wet snow, icing, and high wind gusts.
Due to slightly colder temperatures the rain will change to snow earlier, which will impact the evening commute on Friday. The colder temperatures will also mean higher snowfall amounts.
Residents are asked to remove any vehicles from the roadways to assist the Department of Public Works in keeping the roads clear. Use your driveway or neighbor’s driveway if possible. You may also use the municipal parking deck (level 2 and higher) after 1 p.m. Friday. Residents living in the downtown that normally park in municipal parking lots are to park in the parking deck after 1 p.m. Friday, starting on level 2.
Residents should also ensure that they do not shovel or snow blow their snow back into the roadway after it has been plowed as this creates a hazardous condition.
All residents who park on a state or county road are required to remove their vehicles from the roads when snow covered. These residents may also utilize the parking deck in the event they have nowhere else to park. These roadways include:
- North Avenue (State Rt 28)
- South Avenue
- Centennial Avenue
- Raritan Road
- Walnut Avenue
- Springfield Avenue
- Kenilworth Boulevard
Further updates and information can be found on our website at www.cranford.com/police or our Facebook page or via Twitter and Nixle.