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Road Closures and Hazardous Travel Conditions

Brenda A. Nemcek

Thursday, February 13, 2014 • 5:45am

 

WARREN, NJ - With another major winter storm comes more road closures. Police have advised that Warrenville Road and Washington Ave. are closed and that Hillcrest Road is subject to closure.Warren Police advise, " Road conditions and visibility are deteriorating fast.Please stay off of the roads if at all possible. "
 
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for all of New Jersey. Governor Christie has issued a State of Emergency and all Warren Schools are closed. Due to the scheduled holiday, students will return to school on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
 
On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Governor Christie announced the closing of state offices on Thursday, February 13 for all non-essential employees.
 
“This winter storm is expected to arrive tonight and last through early Friday morning, and the heavy snow will create hazardous travel conditions across the state,” said Governor Christie. “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.”
 
This storm is expected to continue into Friday morning, bringing heavy snow, freezing temperatures and mixed precipitation, as well as 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.
 
 
Current forecasts show Warren to be in the 10+ inch range of snow accumulation.
 
The storm's track remains uncertain. A slight change in the track could mean a change in precipitation type for parts of the state including rain and sleet.
 
Somerset County Recycling will attempt to pick up on Thursday as scheduled if the roads are passable and if all of the trucks aren't used for plowing. If recycling isn't picked up on Thursday, it will be picked up as soon as possible, either Friday or Saturday.
 
In anticipation of the need to plow streets, residents are asked to remove any vehicles from the roadway.
 
Be prepared in case of power outages. Charge your electronics, get batteries, flashlights and candles ready. 
 
Warren Township Police ask drivers to remember, "Four-wheel drive helps you drive, not stop. Please drive slow and keep your distance between the car in front of you. Stay safe "
 
The heavy, wet snow followed by more snow, rain and sleet has the potential for causing power lines to go down. In the event you experience a power outage, be sure to contact your service provider (PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734; Jersey Central Power & Light: 1-888-544-4877).
 
Do NOT contact the police department unless an emergency exists with your power loss.
 
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