STATE — One winter storm dumped eight inches of snow on streets the day after the Super Bowl kicked off in a dry and balmy 50 degrees, but another tempest that is expected to lay down additional layers of snow and ice headed in our direction.
According to the National Weather Service, a major winter storm will move east into Wednesday with multiple hazards including: heavy snow from central Kansas through the Ohio Valley and Northeast; heavy ice accumulation from Arkansas into the Ohio River Valley and Mid-Atlantic; and heavy rainfall with possible flooding for parts of the Ohio and Tennessee River Valleys.
There are predictions for three to five inches of snow for Union County. Snow, freezing rain, and sleet will begin before 1 pm, then rain or freezing rain is likely between until 4 pm, with a chance of rain later in the day. The high temperature is predicted near 37 degrees with northeast winds of 8 to 11 mph.
In anticipation of the severe weather, Gov. Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency, authorizing the state director of Emergency Management to coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies.
Christie also authorized the closing of state offices on Wednesday, Feb. 5 for all non-essential employees. Several public school districts have announced that they will either be closed or will hold delayed openings, according to information posted on their respective websites.
Union County officials decided to have a 2-hour delayed opening on Wednesday, said Sebastian D’Elia, who added that county offices will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
“Significant snow and ice accumulations are expected to occur as a result of the storm, which could disrupt power and cause outrages,” said D’Elia.
Power outages are possible, according to releases from PSE&G and other state utility providers. Officials are asking residents to report power outages and downed lines to PSE&G at 1-800-436-7734 or to JCP&L at 1-800-545-7738.
Thursday is expected to by mostly sunny, with a high near 30 and cold temperatures will continue into next week.
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