SUSSEX COUNTY – The Sussex County Office of Emergency Management has been monitoring the approaching storm. We have been in continual communications with the our partners at the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, NJOEM, JCP&L, Sussex Rural Electric and our twenty-four municipal offices of emergency management. We will continue these communications in an effort to promote situational awareness and provide guidance for countywide planning efforts.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 1 PM today until 1 PM on Friday for most of New Jersey and 1 PM today until 1 PM Friday for northernmost New Jersey. Snow accumulation will range from 6 to 10 inches.
TRAVEL WILL BECOME HAZARDOUS LATE THURSDAY AS SNOW INCREASES. THIS WILL BE AN INCREASINGLY FLUFFY SNOW AND AS WINDS INCREASE THURSDAY NIGHT, BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL MAKE TRAVEL EVEN MORE HAZARDOUS. ROAD PLOWING OPERATIONS WILL BE GREATLY AFFECTED, ESPECIALLY DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND ALSO SNOWFALL RATES NEAR AN INCH PER HOUR AT TIMES DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM THURSDAY NIGHT.
20S TO LOWER 30S THURSDAY, THEN DROPPING INTO THE TEENS AND SINGLE DIGITS THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY.
THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD TEMPERATURES AND GUSTY WINDS LATER THURSDAY NIGHT WILL CREATE DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS RANGING FROM 5 BELOW TO 20 BELOW ZERO. THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS SHOULD HAVE THE MOST DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS.
HUMANS AND ANIMALS EXPOSED TO THESE EXTREME TEMPERATURES FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME WILL BE IN GRAVE DANGER THEREFORE, OUTDOOR EXPOSURE SHOULD BE MINIMIZED IF POSSIBLE.
FROZEN PIPES IN UNPROTECTED AREAS, AND CONCRETE AND ASPHALT PAVEMENT CRACKING CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED.
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED. HEAVY SNOW, BLOWING SNOW AND DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS ARE FORECAST. TRAVEL WILL BECOME DANGEROUS. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT, FOOD, AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. DUE CAUTION SHOULD BE EXERCISED WHILE TRAVELING ON ROADWAYS EFFECTED BY SNOW ACCUMULATION.
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