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Nor'easter Nemo Set to Take on West Essex Area

Carolyne Volpe Curley

Thursday, February 7, 2013 • 10:59pm

WEST ESSEX, NJ -  As of 11am, it’s lightly snowing and Nor'easter Nemo is expected to continue to snow until 5am tomorrow morning. We have received 0.5" of snow so far. We are under a Winter Storm Warning, Essex County has declared a state of emergency beginning at 2pm, towns are reminding residents of their storm ordinances and area schools have called for early dismissals and cancellations.

The snow is expected to be combined with sleet and high wind gusts. Strong wind gusts should begin here today around 1pm. These conditions will make for dangerous travel and could result in near blizzard conditions. Tonight will be the most difficult time period with wind gusts and heavy snow adding an additional 5.3.” As always, power outages could occur.

Total accumulation for the area: 14 inches by Saturday morning.


Most recent model snowfall prediction for entire Nor'easter: This radar is a good look at the two storms on their way to combination. 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 2pm. 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.


8:15am Central Avenue  Credit: Carolyne Curley


For a complete list of school closings, read: Area School Early Dismissals and Closings.

As of 11am, according to FlightAware.com, 291 flights scheduled for today at Newark Airport have been canceled.

This is the breakdown as of 7am Friday of probable storm periods:

FRIDAY

  • 9am to 1pm 
    Definite Snow
    New Accumulation: 1.4"
    Total Accumulation: 1.8”
     
  • 1pm to 5pm
    Definite Snow
    Wind Gusts: Windy, 29–30 mph - Strong breeze
     
  • 5pm to 7pm
    Definite Snow
    Wind Gusts: Very Windy, 31 mph - High wind - Difficult to Walk
    New Accumulation: 4.2"
    Total Accumulation: 6”
     
  • 7pm to 9pm
    Definite Snow
    Wind Gusts: Very Windy, 32 mph - High wind - Difficult to Walk
     
  • 9pm to 12am
    Definite Snow
    Wind Gusts: Very Windy, 33 mph - Moderate Gale - Difficult to Walk
    New Accumulation: 5.3"
    Total Accumulation: 11.3”

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: 13.4”
     
  • 7am to 11am
    Chance of Snow
    Wind Gusts: Very Windy, 37 mph - Near Gale - Difficult to Walk
    New Accumulation: 0.2”
    Total Accumulation: 14”
     
  • 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 4pm
    Wind Gusts: Very Windy, 32 mph - High wind - Difficult to Walk
     
  • 4pm 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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