Heavy snow, near-blizzard conditions
and wind chills below zero are expected to blast the region the next
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for all of North Jersey from 6 p.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday.
The NWS predicts 6 to 10 inches in most North Jersey areas and blizzard-like conditions Thursday night into Friday morning with wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour and wind chills as low as 15 degrees below zero.
SOMA Schools Closed FridayAll Schools and offices will be closed for a snow day on Friday, according to the district website.
Maplewood residents have exactly 24 hours to clean the snow off their sidewalks or they could face fines, according to a Township ordinance. Under the ordinance, it is illegal to “throw, place, plow or deposit any snow or ice into or upon any traveled area of the street or road that has already been plowed.”
There is a $100 fine for the first offense, $200 for the second and up to $500 for the third. Each and every 24 hours in which ice and snow is not removed from sidewalks shall be deemed a separate offense.
Jitney Service Suspended
The Jitney Bus Services will be suspended due to the impending snow storm, Maplewood stated on its website.
"The last Jitney bus leaving from the Maplewood Train Station on Thursday, January 2, 2014 will depart at 7:02 p.m.," they said.
There will be NO morning Jitney services on Friday, January 3, 2014.
No Over Night Street Parking
All on-street over night parking is suspended on Thursday, January 2, 2014 due to the snow, according to the Township website.
Snow Removal Tips from the Public Works Department
In anticipation of the snow storm, please consider the following snow removal tips:
Plan ahead when snow is on the way. Remove all cars from the street. Do not shovel your driveway apron until you are sure the plows are finished plowing the street. Always pile the snow behind the curb. Never throw snow in front of the curb because this only assures that the plow will plow it back in, or create an unsafe road condition.
Depositing snow from the sidewalk or driveway in the road way is illegal. If you see a salt truck or plow truck driving behind you, let them pass you so they can clear the way for you and open the roadways faster.
NJ Transit Cross-Honoring TicketsNJ Transit is cross-honoring tickets through Friday, according to its website.
Customers can use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode — rail, light rail or bus — including private bus carriers.
Maplewood Issues Message from PSE&G
PSE&G is closely monitoring the track of the first snowstorm of the new year and is making emergency preparations should the storm bring heavy snow and gusty winds to our service territory. The storm is expected to begin impacting New Jersey today and continue in to Friday before clearing.
Share Your Snow Photos on Maplewood Patch!
Rather than grumble, grab one of those new digital devices you received this holiday season and start snapping photos.
Email your photos to Editor Eric Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, download the Patch mobile app and add the photo directly from your phone.