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After being spared a big hit from the blizzard of 2015, towns around western Monmouth County are getting ready to get back to business.
“We planned for the worst and hoped for the best,” Marlboro mayor Jon Hornik said. “The storm was much less than we anticipated.”
Hornik said that the township had between 6 and 8 inches of snow from the storm that was predicted to drop as much as three times that amount. Hornik also said there there were no issues of power outages in the township.
“Our public works department was out pre-storm, during the storm, and now they are out cleaning,” he said. “I anticipate that it should be business as usual by tomorrow morning.
“I am relieved that we didn’t have to initiate emergency procedures that we put into place,” he added. Hornik said that while the storm didn’t dump as much snow on the roads, he said for motorists to stay off of the roads and allow crews time to properly clear them.
“It takes around 10 hours in order to clear four inches of snow in Marlboro,” he said. “Since we got between six and eight inches, it will take a little longer. So if you don’t have to be out, I ask that you stay home and let our DPW guys put salt and sand on the road.”
No significant issues originating from the winter storm were reported in Highlands, according to borough administrator Tim Hill. Borough councilman Doug Card said he is awaiting word on if the town needs to respond to slush clogging the storm drains, which could lead to localized flooding.
Only 6 inches of snow fell on Rich Demczyszyn’s Jackson driveway, but the 43-year-old spent 1½ hours shoveling last night and another 2 ½ hours shoveling this morning.
“I broke one shovel,” he said.
Demczyszyn and his wife Nadine own a printing business, On The Spot Graphics of Jackson, that will lose a few hundred dollars because of the snow day. Many of their clients in northern New Jersey and Long Island had closed their businesses Tuesday, Demczyszyn said.
“We’re not a huge company,” he said. “It hurts.”
For a laugh, Nadine printed a T-shirt that read “I survived ‘the’ blizzard of 2015,” but social media interest in the shirts was getting serious Tuesday afternoon.
Rich said the meteorological error had not seriously shaken what little faith he holds in weather reports.
“They (meteorologists) have the perfect job,” he said. “They can be wrong 90 percent of the time, but that one time that they’re right, they’re superstars.”
Enacting alternate-side-of-the-street parking worked well to help Bradley Beach clean up the snow from its streets, Police Chief Len Guida said. The town switched over at noon to clear snow from the north and west sides of the streets.
Overall, the town fared well in the storm, said Guida, who is also the town’s emergency management coordinator. Bradley Beach had its emergency operations center staffed from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m.
“Thank God we weathered the storm with no serious situations. Everything went very well,” he said. “I think that travel ban helped a lot. I think everyone just hunkered down.”
In Ocean Grove, most roads had been plowed by early afternoon, although many still remained snow-covered and slippery. Front-end loaders pushed mounds of snow into piles at the parking lot on the beachfront near Fletcher Lake.
“It’s better to be prepared than not,” said Frank Wilson of Toms River, who was walking with a friend on the snow-covered boardwalk in Ocean Grove in a cold wind. He said he was not angry about all the hype surrounding the blizzard that wasn’t. “They thought it was going to be worse. Luckily it wasn’t,” he said.
On Main Avenue, businesses were shuttered and few people had ventured outside.
Barbara Brennan was clearing snow off her car in front of her Main Avenue apartment. She said she felt sorry for people who lived in areas that were actually experiencing blizzard conditions.
Even though not as much snow fell as forecasters had predicted, Brennan said people should welcome a day off from work.
“Everybody should just stay put, read a book, have a cup of tea,” she said. “Stay off the roads because they are still slippery.”
Route 9 is back open, said Howell Police Department Det. Sgt. Eileen Dodd. A section of Route 9 between Seneca Boulevard in Ocean Township and north of West Farm Road in Howell closed down Tuesday morning due to downed wires.
Most of the major roads in Neptune Township had been plowed by noon Tuesday, said Michael Bascom, coordinator for the city’s Office of Emergency Management.
Bascom said some side streets still needed to be treated and that workers would be out throughout the day finishing up.
“I think we fared pretty well,” Bascom said. “I think by tomorrow everything will be fine.”
The township assigned 30 employees to overtime shifts Monday night as the storm swept through town leaving less than expected snowfall totals.
Bascom said there were a total of 26 plow trucks on the roads last night. The operation was slowed when a few trucks broke down, but the township was able to replace them with backup equipment.
Bascom expects all township roads to be completely clear by midnight. Meantime, the township is still advising residents to limit their travel and only drive if it is necessary.
In Jackson, 23 municipal plows and another 40 contractors cleared the township’s roadways Tuesday, Mayor Michael Reina estimated. By noon, most of the streets were clear, though wind blew snow across pavement in some areas.
“This was a pleasant surprise,” Reina said of the lower than predicted snow amounts. “We dodged the bullet. We were grateful for it.”
Municipal buildings remain closed Tuesday for the safety of employees and residents, the mayor said.
“Tonight we’re going to have crews standing by with salt, because we know we’re going to get a refreeze,” he said.
Reina said he would not know how much the storm cost the township for at least another week.
The snow has stopped falling in Lakehurst, leaving about 6 inches.
Monmouth County’s Office of Emergency Management ceased its operations on this storm at noon. There were no major incidents during the storm, said Cynthia Scott, spokeswoman for Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees emergency management.
Emergency Management had highway assistance emergency teams on the road overnight to enforce the travel ban and assist any stranded motorists they might find.
“The residents did a great job adhering the travel ban and warnings. That helps a lot with clearing up the roads in an efficient manner,” Scott said.
Residents have been responding to efforts by emergency managers pushing them to prepare for storms.
“I think the message is always important when it comes to Mother Nature. When you hear of a storm of this magnitude, you need to plan prepare and stay informed,” she said. “I think that’s what the residents did.”
An accident occurred during the travel ban Monday night on the Garden State Parkway in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey State Police Sgt. Jeff Flynn said. A contractor’s snow plow and a BMW collided at the 59 mile marker.
One person was taken to Southern Ocean Medical Center for minor injuries.
Neither driver was identified. It is unknown whether the BMW belonged to a driver exempt from the ban. Flynn said he did not know whether the BMW driver violated the ban.
The Garden State Parkway south is clear from 58 to 100, with light patches of snow and slush in some spots. There were very few cars on the roadway. Two teams of plows were out clearing the last of the slush.
Conditions are normal on JCP&L’s electric system, spokesman Ron Morano said Tuesday morning.
“We are still ramped up and prepared should any outages occur today,” Morano said. “At some point today, we will be resuming normal operations.”
U.S. Postal Service carriers will try to deliver mail “wherever possible,” according to spokesman Ray Daiutolo Sr. So keep walkways and sidewalks clear of snow and ice to help them in their appointed rounds. Letter carriers are told to hold mail for addresses where ice and snow are not cleared.
Fred Migliaccio, head of the city of long Branch department of public works said the city had arranged for a blizzard.
“It’s going to cost us big time with all our advance preparations but what are you going to do,” he said, Tuesday morning.
The city used private contractors and public works’ employees to clear roads. Public Work employees accumulated overtime hours.
They brought in 500 more tons of salt, much of which Migliaccio said will be used in this weather event because the streets still need to be covered.
In Toms River, one apartment maintenance worker said blowing snow has worsened, making snow removal difficult. Jeff Winship said he has been out since 6 a.m. shoveling snow in parking lots and sidewalks.
As he continued clearing sidewalks, Winship said he didn’t mind that meteorologists had predicted much more snow than Toms River actually saw.
“It’s better to be safe than sorry,” Winship said. “It’s better to be more prepared.”
APP’s snow total measurement for Asbury Park was about five inches. Snow continues to fall with heavy winds whipping off the ocean. The wind is creating snow drift, causing huge pileups in some areas.
Shore area residents started shoveling their sidewalks and getting in their cars after the weather advisory was downgraded and the travel ban lifted.
JT Yuschak had been out since midnight to clear snow with a front end loader from business parking lots in Neptune City. His company was preparing for 3 feet of snow, but got nowhere near that amount.
But even still, there’s a lot of snow, on par with last year’s storms.
“It’s still a lot snow that needs to be pushed around and no place to put it,” he said. “We still have over a foot here and the drifts makes it so much worse.”
The Wawa on Drum Point Road in Brick Township didn’t close, but assistant manager Steve Lang said business was considerably down.
“It’s dead,” Lang said. “It’s usually busier when the schools are open and people are off the work.”
“I was disappointed after the forecast called for a blizzard,” he added. “I’m from the Canadian border and I like snow, I’m used to it,”
Tim Hemmer, 74, and a resident of Brick said he and his wife listened to the forecast and stocked up on extra household supplies.
“We didn’t get it,” he said after stopping in at the Wawa for a newspaper. “Not like 2010, but that one wasn’t forecast to be as bad as it was.”
All lanes northbound are closed on Route 9, but one southbound lane has opened up, said Howell Township Police Department Det. Sgt. Eileen Dodd. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.
A statement from Ocean Township said it could be two to three hours before repairs are complete.
All lanes on Route 9 remain closed north of Seneca Boulevard in Ocean Township through north of West Farm Road in Howell due to downed wires.
Speed remains restricted to 35 miles per hour on the Parkway from Exit 116 in Holmdel to the New York State Line and 45 miles per hour from Cape May to 116.
The Port Authority announced that its bridges and tunnels reopened, according to a press release. That includes the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing.
The PATH rail system will resume at 9:30 a.m. and operate on a weekend schedule until further notice. Service will run from Newark to World Trade Center and from Journal Square to 33rd Street via Hoboken.
Flight activity will be limited at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports, according to the press release. Travelers are encouraged to check with their carriers before heading to the airport.
The Port Authority Bus Terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station are open. Carriers will have updates on whether service is up today.
The Port Authority’s port terminals will be closed today for snow removal and expect to reopen Wednesday.
The Brick Township Police Department wasn’t flooded with calls Monday night, thanks to people adhering to the travel ban. A police statement notes the total calls patrol officers responded to between 8 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday: seven first aid calls, four motor vehicle complaints, three alarm calls, three suspicious persons calls, one motor vehicle accident and one assault.
A police spokesman declined to elaborate on the calls, saying no more information is available at this time.
APP reports 4.5 inches of snow in Freehold Township.
APP measured total snowfall in Eagleswood. As of 8:20 a.m., it’s at 2 inches.
Although the snow storm fell short of earlier predictions, Jackson Mayor Michael Reins cautioned residents to be careful. Reins reminded residents in a statement that all township offices are closed, along with Jackson Township Municipal Court and the township schools.
The Jackson Township Council Meeting set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday was rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Asbury Park officials are still advising residents to stay off the roads despite the travel ban being lifted.
Plows have cleared side streets so they are passable for emergency vehicles, said Garrett Giberson, coordinator for the city’s Office of Emergency Management.
The OEM team will meet around 10:30 a.m. to assess the situation.
Transportation agencies statewide plan to be up and running Tuesday.
NJ Transit tweeted that there’s limited bus service in South Jersey. Service in North Jersey is expected to resume by 11 a.m. Rail service will resume later this afternoon after mandatory federal inspections are completed.
The New York Waterway is restoring more of its ferry service routes throughout the morning. Almost all of its routes were restored at of 7:30 a.m., according to a press release.
APP reporters continue to measure total snowfall in the Shore area.
Jackson: 3 inches.
The travel ban has been lifted for all 21 counties in New Jersey.
The partial lift on the travel ban doesn’t mean it’s safe to drive. The blowing snow and slushy roads can make traveling dangerous. The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management warned people traveling where the travel ban was lifted to keep off the roads as much as possible.
Hazlet Township Police Department sent a reminder to its residents that the travel ban lift does not apply to them.
Gary Szatkowski, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service Mount Holly Office, tweeted “my deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public.”
“You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn’t,” he said in another tweet. “Once again, I’m sorry.”
The NWS Mount Holly Twitter account caught some flack Tuesday morning after tweeting at 5:28 a.m.: “Storm much less, winding down. ~90mi (farther east than expected). still slippery, especially NJ/E PA this morning.” Twitter users asked why the big missed and why it took so long for Twitter to get these updates.
Gov. Chris Christie announced that the travel ban would be lifted south of I-95.
National Weather Service reported snow totals in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
Brick: 6 inchesForked River: 2.8 inchesHazlet: 7 inchesLincroft: 7 inches
A good deal of blowing snow is expected in the Shore area today with temperatures reaching 30 degrees. The weather service predicted only one to two inches of total daytime snowfall accumulations.
Asbury Park Press reporters are measuring snow totals in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Here’s what they’ve measured so far:
Brick: 4 inchesNeptune Township: 4 inchesToms River: 5 inches
The blizzard warning has been downgraded to a winter storm warning. The storm passed 90 miles farther east than predicted earlier by the National Weather Service, sparing much of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania of high snowfall.
Still, expect snow with strong winds. The National Weather Service is predicting 4 to 8 inches total, much of which has already dropped, and winds heading northwest at 15 to 25 miles per hour.
Wind whipped snow through the parking lot and the garage smelled sweet like brown sugar — Monday night, crews at the Neptune Public Works Building loaded trucks with a mixture of road salt, liquid magnesium to lower the freezing point and molasses to help the stuff stick to the ground.
They might spread 200 to 300 tons of treated salt over the course of the blizzard, depending on conditions. They used about 50 tons on roads Monday morning.
But as of 11:30 p.m., crews weren’t out plowing snow as they had initially expected they would be. As of about 11 p.m., only about an inch or two had accumulated.
JCP&L is currently investigating possible power outages in Lincroft in the area of Newman Springs Road, Harvey Ave. and Neville Drive.
The latest snowfall forecast map shows 18 to 24 inches in most of Monmouth County and a sliver of northern Ocean County, 14 to 18 inches in most of Ocean County and 10 to 14 inches in southern Ocean County.
The storm will dump heavy snow in parts of the region, but there will be a sharp drop-off in snowfall amounts is anticipated as one heads southwest and west, according to the National Weather Service. The brunt of the storm, which NWS says is “still a very dangerous storm,” is expected overnight through Tuesday morning.
The snow is starting to come ashore along the Jersey Shore and while the storm is expected to drop a lot of snow in New England, the projections for New Jersey still have us getting between 18 inches and 2 feet of snow in many locations.
Updated Snow Totals according to the National Weather Service:
There could be more snow coming later in the week as well, just not to the level that we’re seeing tonight. The first chance could come Thursday night into Friday morning with light accumulation.
The second could come during the weekend and could be be snowier according to early forecasts.
The snow is starting to pick up around the region, National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a snow squall along a line stretching from 4 miles north of Sandy Hook to 9 miles northeast of Trenton to 22 miles north of Philadelphia, according to a short-term forecast.
The squall line was moving southwest at 10 mph and snowfall rates of around one inch an hour and visibility of less than one mile are possible with this snow band. Additional heavy snow bands are expected to move in from the east over the next few hours.
Other Snowfall totals from around the region: include
Middletown opened an emergency operations center at the town hall on Kings Highway. The township is using more than 80 pieces of equipment to clear the roads. Fire and first aid stations are manned for emergency response. The library and schools are closed and there is no garbage or recycling pickup Tuesday.
In case of prolonged power outages in Upper Freehold, people can seek shelter at St. John’s Catholic Church in Allentown — 1282 Yardville Allentown Road.
Here’s the official statement from New Jersey State Police Superintendent Joseph Fuentes regarding the ban on travel which will take effect at 11 p.m. tonight. The state of emergency is still in effect.
According to superintendent Nelson Ribon, Fair Haven Schools to the list of districts that are closed tomorrow.
Gov. Christie tweeted at 8:49 p.m. that the state is implementing a ban on travel. “NJ is implementing a travel ban for the entire state beginning at 11 p.m. tonight given the impending storm,” Christie wrote in a series of tweets. “This travel ban excludes emergency & public safety personnel as well as utility companies & others assisting in storm preparedness & recovery. This travel ban will be subject to revocation at daybreak depending on conditions then.”
James Rosenbauer, Upper Freehold’s Coordinator of Emergency Management, said that people should stay off of the roads and make sure that all generators – if needed – are operated outside and a safe distance from the house.
Portions of the area are now seeing a lull in the precipitation but snow bands from the main system are starting to move into the area, according to a 7 p.m. Facebook post by the National Weather Service Mount Holly Office. Once the heavier bands move in throughout the night, the snow is expected to continue through the overnight hours into Tuesday morning.
“Please continue to take this storm seriously,” the post said. “We haven’t yet begun to see the worst conditions.”
Keyport is telling residents that garbage collection will resume Wednesday, but that “it may take a day or two for the collectors to catch up.”
Middletown is opening an emergency command station at the town hall on Kings Highway. The library and schools are closed and garbage and recycling collection are cancelled Tuesday.
All Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels will close at 11 p.m. PATH trains will operate on a weekend schedule, beginning at 9 p.m. PATH service will be suspended at 11 p.m. until further notice.
Seaside Heights has declared a snow emergency. All vehicles must be removed from borough streets and must remain off the street until 24 hours after snow has stopped falling. Cars can be parked in the public lot on Grant Avenue. Municipal offices will be closed Tuesday and Tuesday’s municipal court sessions are canceled.
David A. Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist, said “we’re in a waiting game still to see if all the pieces are going to come together and exactly where they’re going to come together. It’s a bit of a waiting game these next couple of hours.”
It seems like the forecast models are having an awfully difficult time determining where heavier bands of snow will fall, he said.
The storm’s track will make a big difference in snowfall totals, Robinson said, and “the energy has to come together with the right timing and the right place.”
“It’s quite likely we could see (snowfall) reports within 10 miles of each other differ by 5 or 10 inches,” he said.
The Jackson Township council meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed until Thursday, Jan. 29. The municipal court will be closed Tuesday. Anyone scheduled to appear will be notified of a new court date by mail.
Lacey Township’s municipal court will be closed Tuesday. Reschedule requests will be mailed.
The Manchester Township council meeting scheduled for Monday is postponed to Thursday, Jan. 29. Tuesday recycling pickup for Pine Ridge South and Country Walk is canceled and will be picked up Saturday, Jan. 31.
Barnegat municipal offices will be closed Tuesday and Recreation Department events are canceled until further notice. Court sessions held Wednesday, Jan. 28, are canceled and will be rescheduled. Trash and recycling pickup is canceled for Tuesday. Cars must be removed from the streets to permit plows through.
A blizzard warning remains in effect in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties until 6 p.m. Tuesday, with 18 to 24 inches of snow forecast. The heavy snow and strong winds will cause considerable blowing and drifting of snow and whiteout conditions. Visibilities will be a quarter-mile or less, according to the warning.
A snowfall forecast map posted Monday afternoon showed 18 to 24 inches of snow in Monmouth County and most of Ocean County, with 14 to 18 inches in far southern Ocean County.
The snow may make secondary and tertiary roads impassable, and strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs, leading to power outages. Winds from the northeast to north will be 20 to 30 mph, with gusts of 40 to 50 mph. Temperatures will be mainly in the mid to upper 20s.
A coastal flood warning is in effect from 11 p.m. Monday until 7 a.m. Tuesday, with moderate tidal flooding expected. Many roads will flood and minor to moderate property damage is likely. The tides and waves will also lead to moderate to severe beach erosion, the warning says.
Snowfall totals include 2 inches in Toms River, 1.1 inch in Jackson and 1 inch in Long Branch, Brick and Manchester, according to unofficial reports to the National Weather Service.
Winds have gusted to 40 mph in Harvey Cedars and Sea Girt and 36 mph in Seaside Heights, according to the New Jersey Climate and Weather Network.
Due to the statewide state of emergency and blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service, residents of Spring Lake Heights should remain off the roads as heavy snow and high winds are expected later tonight. All vehicles must be removed from the streets to facilitate snow-removal and should remain off the streets until snow plowing is completed. Vehicles remaining on the street will be ticketed and towed.
Tonight’s meeting of the mayor and borough council has been canceled. There will be no recycling collection on Wednesday. The Recycling Center will be closed until further notice. All Community Center activities scheduled for Tuesday are canceled. The Municipal Building and Police Department will be staffed, but will not be open for routine business on Tuesday.
If you lose electricity during the storm, you should report the outage to JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTS (1-888-544-4877). Downed electrical wires should also be reported. For further information, visit the borough’s website, www.SpringLakeHts.com.
The Ocean Township municipal complex will be closed Tuesday. The township’s public information session on the Sunset Avenue bridge replacement, originally sheduled for Tuesday evening, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29., in the public meeting room, 399 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst.
Long Branch public schools are closed today and tomorrow, liquor sales at bars and restaurants will stop at 8 p.m. and more front end loaders have arrived as the city braces for what could be an epic snowstorm.
“Please stay home,” said city mayor Adam Schneider. “Don’t tempt it. We want people off the roads.”
Every piece of snow equipment has been mobilized and staged in preparation of a potential blizzard.
The Public Works Department has nine front end loaders at its disposal to go along with 20 snow plows that will do the heavy lifting, said department chief Fred Migliaccio.
Crews will work around the clock once the storm kicks into high gear.
The police department issued a statement that any vehicle not removed from city streets will be towed at the owner’s expense. The ordinance for no parking when roads are snow-covered will be strictly enforced.
The city offices closed today at 2:30 p.m. and will remain closed tomorrow.
If necessary, a warming station will be established at the Middle School at 350 Indiana Ave.
Tonight’s Neptune Township committee meeting is canceled,and township municipal offices will be closed on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s garbage pickup in Keyport has been postponed until Wednesday. Borough Hall will be closed on Tuesday. All emergency services will be on duty during the duration of the storm.
NY Waterway plans to provide ferry service on most routes Tuesday, Jan. 27. Please check the website for schedule updates.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation is asking state, county and municipal police to remove any abandoned or disabled vehicles on state and interstate roadways throughout New Jersey. This request is for the duration of the winter storm and is effective 2 p.m.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority deployed more than 1,500 employees and contractors to clear snow from the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway, spokesman Tom Feeney said.
Motorists are restricted to driving 50 miles per hour on the parkway from Cape May to Brick, and 45 miles per hour from Brick to the New York State line.
Asbury Park officials are urging residents to stay off the roads and pick up all medications before the storm hits.
Garrett Giberson, coordinator for the city’s Office of Emergency Management, said plow trucks have already started treating roads and are prepared to be out through the night and all day Tuesday. The public works department will have “all hands on deck,” he said.
Giberson said the city is asking motorists to park their vehicles in driveways or on the east side of streets and north side of avenues to make it easier for plow trucks to maneuver. There is also a flood warning in place, so residents who live near lakes should monitor the situation and move their vehicles away from the water, Giberson said.
“Now is the time to make preparations for that and not wait until it’s too late,” Giberson said. “You don’t need to be out and about on the road during the height of the storm or when the storm is upon us.”
Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno will visit road crews to thank them for storm preparations. She will be joined by Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden at 5 p.m. at the county’s 911 Communications Center, 2500 Kozloski Road, Freehold. At 6 :30 p.m., Ocean County Freeholder John Bartlett will accompany her on a visit to the Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance Garage on Chestnut Road in Toms River.
The Long Branch Office of Emergency Management will open a warming station, if needed, at the Long Branch Middle School, 350 Indiana Ave. A state of emergency was declared in the city, as of 3 p.m., while City Hall closed at 2:30 p.m.
3:37 p.m. :
Senior citizens who receive home-delivered meals won’t go hungry because of the storm.
Community Services, Inc., which runs Ocean County’s home-delivered meals program, prepared double meals for home-bound clients. The organization started delivering the meals at 5 a.m. today.
Interfaith Neighbors in Asbury Park delivered double the amount of meals to 78 recipients in Monmouth County. Paul McEvily, associate director of the nonprofit agency, said deliveries won’t be made Tuesday, but they anticipate deliveries to resume on Wednesday.
The Ocean County Sheriff’s foreclosure sales scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 27, have been cancelled. Ocean County Superior Court closed at 2 p.m.
Ocean County Office of Emergency Management activated its Emergency Operations Centers at noon to respond to tonight’s storm. The office offered the following storm tips for residents:
Before the storm:
During the storm:
After the storm:
Additional information on preparing for winter storms can be found on the Office of Emergency Management’s website at www.co.ocean.nj.us and click on “Be Prepared.”
Bradley Beach has implemented alternate side of the street parking for snow plowing. Parking is not allowed on the south side of all streets that run east and west, as well as on the east side of streets running north and south, until the snow stops falling and all streets have been plowed. Once the snow stops and thye streets are plowed, all cars should be moved to the opposite side (south side for east/west streets and east side for north/south streets). Vehicles can’t be moved back until the streets have been sufficiently plowed. Also, if you have a fire hydrant by your house, be sure to clear the snow around it for emergencies. Sidewalks must be cleared if weather permits.
As with most storms, the potential for power outages increases, a Millstone announcement says. Please be sure to have food essentials, medication, flashlights and candles on hand. If your power goes out, call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). If you lose power and use a portable generator, make sure it is hooked up properly by a qualified professional to avoid a potential fire hazard.
Borough officials will be working closely with JCP&L during the storm and update residents as necessary, according to the announcement by the Millstone Office of Emergency Management and Millstone Township Committee. If you have a police, fire or medical emergency, dial 911.
Monmouth County offices closed at 3 p.m. Public works and law enforcement personnel will continue to work throughout the storm. County emergency management officials are reminding residents to reserve 9-1-1 for emergency calls only.
During the storm, residents should call their local electric provider to report outages and on-emergencies to their local police departments’ 10-digit phone number. Officials are advising residents to take the time now to write down those phone numbers.
The Brick Township Office of Emergency Management is reminding all residents that one of the biggest impediments to clearing roads in previous major storms was the presence of vehicles and other obstacles left on the street. Please remove all vehicles and other items so the Public Works Department can clear the streets more effectively. If you do not have to travel, please consider staying indoors, as conditions are expected to make travel dangerous. Starting at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, the township’s call will be open to assist residents with non-emergencies. The call center can be reached at 732-262-1234. As always, for emergencies, callers should dial 911 or call the Brick Township Police Department at its main number, 732-262-1100.
NJ Transit will have a system-wide shut down Monday night lasting through at least Tuesday.
NJ Transit will suspend all service by 10 p.m. Monday. The last service for rail, bus and light rail will depart from points of origin no later than 8 p.m.
Rail service will remain shut down through Thursday morning, depending on equipment conditions. Bus and light rail may resume Wednesday depending on road and track conditions and snow-removal operations.
Most NY Waterway ferries are operating normally Monday. The last ferry to the Belford section of Middletown will depart Wall Street at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-53-FERRY or visit www.nywaterway.com, www.facebook.com/nywaterway or www.twitter.com/ridetheferry.
Aberdeen is making warming stations available at Town Hall, 1 Aberdeen Square, and at the following firehouses: District 1, 490 Lloyd Road, and District 2, 478 Angel St. Anyone needing assistance with a warming a station should contact the Aberdeen police at 732-566-2054. Trash pickup for Tuesday has been cancelled.
Union Beach Construction Official Bob Burlew said no home and structure inspections will be performed on Tuesday. All exterior construction must be put on hold and any scaffolding or tarps must be firmly secured, he said. Borough meetings for the tax assessor, board of health and senior citiznes, as well as the healthy home seminar, have all been cancelled. Borough hall is iso closed through Tuesday.
Tuesday’s trash pickup in Matawan is cancelled.
Municipal court sessions in Hazlet are cancelled through Tuesday.
Monmouth County’s Department of Public Works brought in staff at 5 a.m. — two hours early — to begin treating roads with brine. That work will continue until the storm progresses and crews move on to plowing. It has 135 trucks equipped to treat and plow roads.
Monmouth County is fully stocked with sand and road salt, which it also uses to make brine and sand, county spokeswoman Laura Kirkpatrick said.
County officials are hopeful their advance preparations will allow them to keep all county roads open, however that will largely depend on the intensity of the storm itself, Fitzpatrick said.
“Monmouth County is prepared to do what needs to be done to keep our roads open and operations going to get us through this storm,” she said.
Fair Haven’s council meeting will be rescheduled from its normal time tonight to 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Ocean County Department of Public Works spent the weekend putting brine and salt on roads because of the weekend storm as well as in preparation for tonight’s storm. The county has 30,000 tons of salt and 30,000 gallons each of liquid calcium and brine. It has 300 pieces of equipment to treat and plow the roads.
Ocean County plows its main roads first. Those include Hooper Avenue in Toms River, Route 571 through Toms River and Jackson and Route 539 in southern Ocean County.
NJ Transit will have a system-wide shut down by 10 p.m. Monday. The last service for rail, bus and light rail will depart from point of origins no later than 8 p.m., and there will be no service through at least Tuesday.
The Toms River Township Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 27, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m.
Little Egg Harbor officials are reminding residents to try to move all parked cars off township streets to allow for more efficient snow plowing.
The Point Pleasant Beach Office of Emergency Management is advising residents who live in flood prone areas to move their vehicles to higher ground. Moderate tidal flooding is expected at the time of high tide, which will happen at about 12:55 a.m. Tuesday morning. The railroad station parking lot has been designated as the site where residents can park vehicles during the storm.
There will be no garbage or recycling pick up on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Department of Public Works. Regular service will resume on Thursday.
Ocean County Department of Public Works spent the weekend brining and salting roads because of the weekend storm as well as in preparation for tonight’s storm. The county has on hand 30,000 tons of salt and 30,000 gallons each of liquid calcium and brine. It has 300 pieces of equipment on the roads pretreating for and plowing snow.
Ocean County plows its main roads, known as its “500 series,” first. Those include Hooper Avenue in Toms River, Route 571 through Toms River and Jackson and Route 539 in southern Ocean County.
Monmouth County is hopeful its advance preparations will allow them to keep all county roads open, however that will largely depend on the intensity of the storm itself.
“Monmouth County is prepared to do what need to be done to keep our roads open and operations going to get us through this storm,” said Laura Kirkpatrick of the Department of Public Information & Tourism.
Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck will be open to limited personnel from 1 p.m., Monday until 6 p.m., Tuesday.
Mission Essential Personnel are expected to to monitor local news stations, as well as the snow hotline at 732-866-7669, for further weather updates.
David A. Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist, said based on the current forecast, the storm could become as memorable as the eastern New Jersey blizzard of December 2010, the Blizzard of 1996 or the Blizzard of 1978.
“If you get stuck on the Garden State Parkway and have to be rescued by a snowmobile, that’s going to be a very memorable storm,” he said. If you’re at home and you don’t lose power, “it’s going to be memorable but not nearly as devastating.”
The storm’s impact will relate to the amount of snow that falls, the intensity of the snowfall, the winds, the temperature and the visibility, he said. “Also, I would look at the wind in terms of any damage to trees and power lines, but also in terms of coastal flooding induced by the wind,” he said.
“We’ve got coastal flooding predicted, we’ve got cold temperatures,” he said. “We’ve got the potential of massive amounts of snow and blowing snow.”
If 2 feet of snow fall, drifts 6 feet or higher could form in exposed areas, he said.
“Certainly, people have been given a heads-up about this storm, so that will hopefully limit the danger that is certainly right there with a storm like this,” he said.
JCP&L reported an outage in the Lakewood area affecting 501 to 1,500 customers, as a result of emergency equipment repair, according to JCP&L’s outage map.
At the Walmart in Neptune, shoppers were scurrying through the aisles picking up bread, milk and other items before the blizzard hits. The eggs shelves were empty by 10 a.m. Monday.
12 p.m.: The blizzard warning is now in effect.
Business was brisk at Taylor Hardware earlier today on Main Street in Belmar.
Customers are spending $60, $100 even $900 on radios, flashlights, rock salt, snow shovels, gloves, lanterns, gloves, car scrapers and big expensive items like generators and snow blowers.
“This weather is definitely a godsend,” said business owner Joe Connor.
Connor stocks his warehouse with the seasonal items. If there is no snow, he eats the cost.
“The pace is very quick. They were knocking on the door at 7 a.m. to get in,” said Connor.
Skip Allen, a retired Belmar police officer and 12th Avenue resident, was not worried about the pending winter storm that is forecast to bring blizzard-type conditions to the Jersey Shore.
“I like the snow, I like watching it come down. I don’t have to go out in it. I have a fireplace with and a ton of wood to burn, and I don’t mind shoveling,” said Allen, who purchased a spare shovel at Taylors.
“Of course, if you have to work in it or go out, that’s a different story,” he said.
Super Savers Market II business owner Andy Bindal said they were doing more business today than last week as customers pop in for extra bread, milk and eggs. Bindal said they will try to stay open until 11 p.m. and try to open in the morning at 7 a.m.
The heavier snowfall and stronger winds will roll in by Monday evening. Jim Bunker, observing program leader for the Mt. Holly station of the National Weather Service, said snow is expected to fall at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour starting at 7 p.m.
The National Weather Service warned against traveling from 7 p.m. Monday through 9 a.m. Tuesday.
10:30 a.m.: Shore-area schools have announced early dismissals as government officials prepare to up to 2 feet of snow between Monday and Tuesday.
Public works and emergency officials are prepping for a walloping blizzard that’s expected to arrive Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service predicts snow totals in the upcoming blizzard could fall short of earlier projections, but still pack a punch.
Meteorologist Al Cope of the Mt. Holly station said to expect up to 2 feet of snow in Monmouth County and parts of Ocean County, with 1 to 2 feet for the southern tip of Ocean County.
Local school districts have shifted to early dismissal schedules and canceled Monday’s after-school activities. Some high schools warned student drivers to take the school bus in lieu of driving.
A blizzard warning will take effect noon Monday through 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Cope said the worst of the storm is expected to roll out Monday night and advises people to be indoors by 7 p.m.
Gov. Chris Christie announced that the state Office of Emergency Management would monitor the storm, calling the impending blizzard “crippling” and possibly “historic.”
Traffic officials restricted driving speed to 45 miles per hour on the Garden State Parkway from Cape May to the New York state line, according to a tweet from the official Parkway account.
The Department of Public Works and Engineering in Monmouth County sent crews out at 5 a.m. Monday, two hours ahead of normal schedule, to pretreat the roads, said Laura Kirkpatrick of the Department of Public Information & Tourism.
“If we can be down to black pavement throughout most of the storm, we will be very happy, but that depends on how fast the storm moves” Kirkpatrick said. “The best thing that the residents can do is stay off the roads and let the plows do their work.”
Tom Crochet, director of public works in Ocean Township, said he sent crews out at 7 a.m. Tuesday. They are monitoring road conditions throughout the day, prioritizing main roads. Ocean Township has contractors lined up ready to assist in plowing.
The department has at least eight salt trucks and more than 20 plows, not counting contractors’ equipment, ready for the snowfall, Crochet said.
Several municipalities have alerted residents to avoid travel during the thick of the storm and keep parked cars off the roadways.
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