New Jersey Deals With Winter's Worst Storm As Christie Declares Emergency

The governor announced the closing of state offices on Thursday for all non-essential employees. Local communities were telling residents to move their cars to high ground, and schools in New Brunswick and elsewhere canceled Thursday classes.

New Jersey's stormiest winter in years has topped itself.

A potent, hard-charging nor'easter slammed New Jersey Thursday as the state braced for nearly 24 hours of snow, mixed precipitation, high winds, rain and coastal flooding.

Governor Christie declared a state of emergency and announced the closing of state offices on Thursday for all non-essential employees. Local communities were telling residents to move their cars to high ground, and schools in New Brunswick and elsewhere already canceled Thursday.

"The heavy snow will create hazardous travel conditions across the state,” said Christie, in a statement. “I’ve authorized state officials to continue all necessary actions, and my administration will monitor conditions throughout the remainder of the storm.

"I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”

The nor'easter storm is expected to continue into Friday morning, bringing dangerous and icy conditions that will affect travel throughout the state for several days. A potential mixture of fallen trees, power outages and flooding is anticipated.

Snowfall amounts will range from several inches, to as high as 14 inches, across the New Jersey. Areas north and west of the I-95 are expected to see the highest snowfall totals.

Westfield Mayor Andrew Skibitsky wrote a relatively lengthy letter to residents explaining how plows are deployed through town. In it, he acknowledged criticism that the plows push snow right back into newly shoveled driveways, trapping residents.  

"With approximately 9,000 plus driveways in Town, I wish that there could be a way to avoid the wave of snow from the plow, but it just physically isn’t possible. To save yourself from having to re-shovel your driveway apron and in some cases your sidewalk, you may want to wait until the plows have completed your street before starting to shovel if this is at all possible for you."

The following weather events are expected in most areas of New Jersey:

1. Snow should start between midnight and 3 a.m. Thursday morning with it continuing through the morning rush. There could be an inch or two of snow accumulation during this time period.

2. The Thursday morning rush will be difficult as most likely roads will be snow covered and icy. Also, moderate snow will greatly reduce visibility.

3. Snow should change over to a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain during Thursday morning. Also, there is a possibility of the wintry mix changing to just plain rain during Thursday afternoon, before switching back to sleet and snow Thursday evening.

4. Snow and sleet Thursday evening should end as a period of all snow prior to sunrise Friday morning.

5. Winds will increase Wednesday night and by Thursday morning, will be sustained at 20 to 25mph with gust up to 40mph. These strong winds combined with the wintry mix of precipitation will lead to the possibility of power outages.

6. Minor coastal flooding could occur along the bayfront and lagoon areas of both towns with the high tide cycle of Thursday morning.

The following is a list of general winter preparedness tips, a detailed list of actions to take can be found on the NJOEM website at: 

At home:  Have your heating system checked by a professional once a year. Make sure your home is properly insulated. Protect pipes from freezing, inspect and flush your water heater, replace smoke detector batteries.

Power Outages: Call your utility to determine area repair schedules.  Remember to turn off or unplug lights and appliances to prevent a circuit overload when the power returns. To protect  yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning, never operate generators or use charcoal to cook  indoors, In addition, do not use your gas oven to heat your home and only use space heaters with proper ventilation.

Pets:  Create a place where your pets can be comfortable in severe winter weather, or bring pets indoors.

In the Neighborhood:  If someone you know is elderly or dependent on life-sustaining or health-related equipment such as a ventilator, respirator or oxygen concentrator, make plans NOW to ensure their needs are met during severe winter weather and possible power outages.  Check
on them after a storm or power outage.

On the road:  Winterize your vehicle to avoid breakdowns. Have a mechanic check key vehicle systems.  Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.  Always wear a seat belt. Brake properly to avoid skidding.  Be alert for snowplows.

Outside:   During a snowstorm, stay inside - long periods of exposure to severe cold increase the risk of frostbite or hypothermia.  If you must go outside, dress in many layers of clothing with a hat, mittens or gloves, and a scarf to cover your mouth. Most body heat is lost through
the top of the head, so always wear a hat.  Mittens are better than gloves, because fingers maintain more warmth when they touch each other.  A scarf worn over your mouth will protect your lungs from extreme cold.

Allison Freeman February 12, 2014 at 07:36 PM
West Essex Regional Schools in North Caldwell will be closed on Thursday, February 13 due to the snow storm.
Frank Worrell February 12, 2014 at 08:20 PM
Chuck Cumella February 12, 2014 at 08:45 PM
Wronger than the storm Learn it mr Christie
Sean Conneamhe February 12, 2014 at 09:12 PM
"Impeach Christie..."
Sir February 12, 2014 at 11:38 PM
Brian Poll February 12, 2014 at 11:43 PM
Why do state employees get to stay home but its ok for the rest of the state to drive to work. Wouldn't be a easier cleanup for our state employees that do have to work if gov just closed all roads
KC February 12, 2014 at 11:53 PM
If we lose power in this cold that is gonna really suck!
john February 13, 2014 at 12:37 AM
Brian..because businesses rely on being open... Sean....why impeach Christie....he hasn't done anything wrong.he has been a great governor so far.
Sean Conneamhe February 13, 2014 at 03:46 AM
"Nixon 1974, Christie 2014..." "40 years of corruption..."
Shif February 13, 2014 at 06:30 AM
John. Sean says that because the liberals told him to say that and that's all they got. Remember, that's the way the liberals work, just believe what we tell you to believe and don't waist time researching anything. As a conservative you learn to do that kind of stuff on your own!
Mama February 13, 2014 at 07:08 AM
@Sean - Why is it with any article, you have to post "Impeach Christie"? This has nothing to do with the article. I'm not gonna sit here an argue with a dick who has no idea what he's talking about. U said you are a "Philosopher, Psychopomp, Political Scientist, Papa, Patriot, Pacifist, Patarene, Prognostic, Planner & Pundit."? Did you forget Penis Lover? LOL I have come to the conclusion, that you are a very lonely person who has no friends and makes stupid ass comments just to get attention. Did it work? I bet it did!! Get a life Sean, stop looking so stupid.
Ridgewood Mom February 13, 2014 at 07:46 AM
What a joke it is to hear Christie declare anything.
Beach Mover February 13, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Sean Conneameh no value.....
Brad Schaeffer February 13, 2014 at 08:27 AM
So glad I moved away from Chicago to get out of the path of severe winters! lol.
Revolution February 13, 2014 at 08:34 AM
Impeach Cristie at once
Andy Pat February 13, 2014 at 08:41 AM
Keep saying bad things about the big guy and you will not be getting plowed. Especially if you are a child of a Bouno voter.
Beach Mover February 13, 2014 at 08:42 AM
Complain Complain Complain always somebody else fault Christie Mayor FEMA Storm .....
Mac February 13, 2014 at 08:47 AM
@Andy Pat - with Christie as Governor we get plowed everyday whether it snows or not
Mac February 13, 2014 at 08:51 AM
don't pick on Sean folks - Sean is a man of few words and Governor Christie has seen the light and has hired Sean as his new speech writer - Christie hasn't had much to say since then - you go Sean
Good Neighbor February 13, 2014 at 09:18 AM
I live in Hazlet in Allison Village near Comcord Dr , across street from RHS. Plows are trying to get through this development but cars continue to park right in the street (please ask plowers and take a ride around culdesac) and do not listen to the OEM calls. It is frustrating as plows cannot plow the snow on the block.After all the snow we have had you would think people would follow Don't want to call the police they are busy with other things. Please ticket cars that are parked on street like you say you will so the plows can do their job Thank you
Alice Jameson February 13, 2014 at 09:38 AM
“New Jersey Recovers From Winter's Worst Storm”? I wasn’t aware that the storm was over.
Sal Sorce February 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM
The Stafford Township Mitigation Meeting on Monday February 10, 2014 was attended by the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Sierra Ocean, Sal Sorce, resident. There were presentations presented with details made against the Green Acres Mitigation process. Residents who wish to write objections to this totally incorrect use of Green Acres regulations. Findings presented by Bob Moss where he stated the offering of replacement land which is already designated conservation area (NJAC 7:36-26.10 (d) 2.1, referencing NJAC 7:36-25-3 (f) d.iii). This is quite specific and since the proffered replacement is in a designated conservation area, should have caused DEP to reject this offer out of hand, Of course, DEP routinely ignores its own regulations, and if the courts don't uphold the plaintiffs on this one they are corrupt, too ... A TYPO REGARDING THE RECENT PUBLIC NOTICE CALLED FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED BY FEBRUARY 14 ... WRONG!!! THE CORRECT DATE IS FEBRUARY 24TH FOR COMMENTS TO BE PRESENTED TO: DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION GREEN ACRES PROGRAM, BUREAU OF LEGAL SERVICES & STEWARDSHIP, MAIL CODE 501-01, PO BOX 420, TRENTON, NJ 08625-0420 ATTENTION: KEVIN APPELGET
Sal Sorce February 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Citizen of America February 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM
I am outraged -- outraged! -- by all of these safety preparedness tips issued by our state and local government. What is this, the "nanny state"? I can stay safe and warm without Big Brother reminding me. Also, the snow plows and salters sent by the government to clear the streets are clear signs of fascist socialism. Next time, they'll be sending in tanks instead! Free citizens & the free market should remove the snow instead. #TeabaggerLogic
Phil Brooks February 13, 2014 at 03:10 PM
TO ALL, I enjoy a good discussion and even a good argument. But the title of this thread is "New Jersey Deals with Winter's Worst Storm as Christie Declares Emergency." And it didn't take too long to go front point A to point Z ("Impeach Christie" "Impeach Obama") without stopping at any intermediate point along the way. Quite a number of you people are no better than dogs who, because they're dogs and territorial by nature, feel the need to "mark their territory." As dogs are faithful and give unconditional love, some of you aren't even as good as dogs. You just drop your loads without caring a whit and move on. You people make me sick. If you want to talk and argue, talk and argue. If you want to shit all over the place, I'll say 'sayonara' and let you wallow in it.
Long Time Resident February 13, 2014 at 06:41 PM
Hey Clueless in America (aka Citizen of America) name one, just one, law or proposal supported by the tea party that is not reasonable. And just in case you ask yes, I believe it is immoral and unethical for the democrats and republicans to borrow and spend money that our children and their children will have to pay back. Obama pledged to stop borrowing in during his campaign in 2007 which just turned out to be the first of his many lies!
Oscar vasquez March 03, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Directionally Correct March 03, 2014 at 12:46 PM
Patch please flag this oscar guy on issues that have nothing to do with immigration He is just self promoting.
Ridgewood Mom March 03, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Oscar has as much to contribute as you do SandyP.
Directionally Correct March 03, 2014 at 06:53 PM
Mom please read my post. He is self posting his blog. Of course he can talk, even close to the topic. But comment don't just post a link. If it is true they are 4 7th grade students trying to raise awareness about illegal immigration. I just think it is self promoting. There are many illegal alien blogs


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