NEW JERSEY – The National Weather Service has upped its weather warning from a “Winter Storm Warning” to a “Blizzard Warning” for the entire region through Sun., Jan. 24.
A “Blizzard Warning” signifies that snowfall is expected to be extremely heavy, with severe winter weather conditions, including blowing snow, whiteout conditions while driving, and high accumulations.
Accumulations for the area, specifically south of Route 80 are expected to reach higher snowfall totals, with snow for the entire storm now expected to reach between 10 to 20 inches in varying locations across the area.
The National Weather Service has advised that individuals do not travel, but if they must, they should carry a Winter Survival Kit. A Winter Survival Kit include items such as a shovel, small broom, windshield scraper, snack foods (energy bars, small candy bars), extra socks, mittens and hats, first aid kit, pocket knife, sleeping bag or blanket, battery powered radio, flashlight with spare batteries, essential medications, rock salt, booster cables, cell phone adapter, emergency flares, fluorescent flag, and whistle. If one is stranded during hazardous travel, do not exit the vehicle, but dial 911 and provide essential information to dispatchers, who will provide further instruction. If one must run their engine, only do so during ten minutes per hour, with windows opened a crack, and ensure that the car exhaust pipe is not obstructed with snow.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has already declared a State of Emergency, urging all non-essential personnel should stay off the roads. The Governor advised residents on his Twitter account if one must travel, speed restrictions are in place for major roadways including the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike.
For power outages, call: (888) – LIGHTSS (or (888) 544-4877), or text OUT to 544487. On Facebook use the “Report an Outage” tab, and online go to www.jcp-l.com.
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