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Nemo Begins A Long Stormy Night in West Essex

Carolyne Volpe Curley

Friday, February 8, 2013 • 6:32pm

WEST ESSEX, NJ -  As of 6pm, the snow has just begun to come down heavily. The sun set at 5:23pm, and the temperature is a cold 32°; 22°F with the wind chill. Nor'easter Nemo had already laid four to five inches of snow in our area, and it’s expected to snow until 9am tomorrow morning. We continue to be under a Winter Storm Warning, Essex County declared a state of emergency which began at 2pm, and throughout our towns, cancellations and postponements have been listed.

The strongest winds and heaviest snows are starting in about an hour and will last through midnight. It’s currently foggy and we are approaching “white-out” conditions which make for dangerous travel. As always, power outages could occur. Wind gusts will continue after the snow up until 1am Sunday morning.

The following snow accumulations have been tabulated:

Total accumulation for the area: 13.5 inches by Saturday morning.


5pm Snowfall Forecast Credit: Wunderground. com

Yesterday, due to the approaching storm, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. declared a snow emergency in Essex County beginning today at 2 pm. On all Essex County roads, there will be no parking and tow away zone laws will be enforced. This will enable Essex County crews to effectively clear snow from the streets. In addition, all Essex County Park System roadways and senior buildings will be closed on Friday. Visitation at the Essex County Correctional Facility will be cancelled on Friday and Saturday.

Caldwell, Essex Fells, Fairfield and North Caldwell police departments have all issued reminders that parking on streets will be prohibited during the snowstorm.

For a complete list of area cancellations, please see: Cancellations and Postponements Around West Essex.

As of 6pm, according to FlightAware.com, 295 flights scheduled for today at Newark Airport have been canceled.

This is the breakdown as of 6pm Friday of probable storm periods:

FRIDAY

  • 5pm 9pm
    Definite Snow
    Wind Gusts: Very Windy, 31 mph - High wind - Difficult to Walk
     
  • 9pm to 12am
    Definite Snow
    Wind Gusts: Very Windy, 33 mph - Moderate Gale - Difficult to Walk
    New Accumulation: 5.2"
    Total Accumulation: 11.2”


5pm Radar Map Credit: Wunderground. com

SATURDAY

  • 12am to 5am
    Definite Snow
    Wind Gusts: Very Windy, 33 mph - Moderate Gale - Difficult to Walk
     
  • 5am to 7am
    Likely Snow
    Wind Gusts: Very Windy, 36mph - Near Gale - Difficult to Walk
    New Accumulation: 2.1"
    Total Accumulation: 13.3”
     
  • 7am to 9am
    Likely Snow
    Wind Gusts: Very Windy, 37 mph - Near Gale - Difficult to Walk
     
  • 9am to 11am
    Chance of Snow
    Wind Gusts: Very Windy, 37 mph - Near Gale - Difficult to Walk
    New Accumulation: 0.2"
    Total Accumulation: 13.5”
     
  • 11am to 1pm
    Wind Gusts: Very Windy, 36 mph - Near Gale - Difficult to Walk
     
  • 1pm to 3pm
    Wind Gusts: Very Windy, 33-34 mph - Moderate Gale - Difficult to Walk
     
  • 3pm to 9pm
    Wind Gusts: Windy, 25–30 mph - Strong breeze
     
  • 9pm to 12am
    Wind Gusts: Breezy, 23 - 24 mph - Fresh breeze

All forecasts are based on the National Weather Service’s station at the Fairfield, Essex County Airport.


Residents are reminded, in the case of a power outage, to alert PSE&G to their outage location. Call them and also report the address online so that it "pings" the computer system. To report online, you must be registered online first with their website.

PHONE:  800-436-PSEG (7734)

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