Weather Update 2-25-13
The weather team has provided us with preliminary forecast data which suggest that we may see rain, sleet and possibly some snow, depending on elevations tomorrow evening between 5-8pm. Accumulations should be limited with some coatings of sleet possible in the higher elevations and areas North of I-80. They expect more rain into the overnight Tuesday into Wednesday and possibly light rain showers lingering for Thursday. We hope you have a great week!
Weather Advisory 2-22-13
Our weather experts have provided the Morris County Office of Emergency Management with information concerning a freezing rain event which is anticipated this evening into Saturday morning. This has been classified as a relatively minor event, but any amount of freezing rain can be problematic. Some snow-ice accumulation (around an inch) is possible in the higher elevations.
• A warm front... will be lifting north through the region tonight and Saturday. Precipitation associated with this front will begin late this afternoon or this evening, possibly affecting later portions of the afternoon commute.
• Precipitation will begin as a frozen mixture of snow-sleet-freezing rain north and west of I-95, with rain mixing in immediately south of the I-95 corridor. Areas south of the C&D canal, and in far southern New Jersey, should see all rain.
• Winter Weather Advisories for Freezing Rain are in effect for this evening into Saturday morning for eastern PA and central and northwestern New Jersey. Some light snow accumulation is possible in the higher elevations of the southern Poconos and far northwest NJ, mainly late this evening into tonight.
• Saturday will be cloudy with light rain in most places, with high temperatures in the low to mid 40s. Winds will be increasing by late Saturday afternoon and evening as a low pressure system develops and strengthens just off the mid-Atlantic coast. Winds are not expected to be as strong as they were last weekend.
Social Media Links
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Morris County Towns on Social Media
We've compiled a list of social media for Morris County municipalities. These links are from the towns' websites. We did not check to see if they're actually publishing to these links... we leave that to you if you follow them.(If your Morris County town has an official FB page and is not listed here, please email the webmaster)
(*Nixle email alerts require signing up for a Nixle account.)
- Chatham Boro PD
- Chatham Twp PD
- Chester Boro
- Chester Twp
- Chester Twp PD
- Denville Twp PD
- Florham Park PD
- Hanover Twp PD
- Harding Twp PD
- Kinnelon OEM
- Kinnelon PD
- Lincoln Park OEM
- Lincoln Park PD
- Madison PD
- Mine Hill Twp
- Montville PD
- Montville DPW
- Morris Plains PD
- Morris Twp PD
- Morristown PD
- Parsippany PD
- Rockaway Twp PD
- Washington Twp OEM
- Washington Twp PD
- Wharton PD
Gearing up for Snow
Morris County OEM is gearing up for snow, sleet and ice accumulations which will become steadier and heavier towards Friday evening as the colder air moves in resulting in the bulk of the anticipated snow accumulations. Forecasts suggest that this will be a long duration and intense storm which will likely last over a 24 hour time frame. Here are some tips to get ready:
- Go food shopping. Make sure you have enough of the important items so you don’t have to go out and travel during the storm. We suggest a three day supply inclusive of paper goods. If you have a pet, make sure you have adequate supplies (they are family too).
- Baby supplies (if applicable)
- Fill your gas tank. This adds weight to the vehicle which will provide better traction in the snow if driving becomes absolutely necessary. In addition, we learned from Sandy that if the gas station looses power, you won’t be able to access gas unless the station has a generator.
- Make sure your wiper blades are in proper working condition.
- Charge cell phones and other important electronics. Minimize use during the storm in the event that we experience a prolonged storm that impacts power.
- Make sure you have alternate lighting sources in the event of a power loss. Battery operated lanterns and flashlights are important items to have on hand. Test all the devices to make sure they are operational and maintain extra batteries.
- Increase the cold setting in the refrigerator, In the event of a power loss, food will be maintained for a longer period.
- In the event of a power loss, use a cooler to minimize the opening and closing of the refrigerator/freezer.
- Have extra bottled water on hand within your residence. The general rule is a three day supply of water, one gallon per person per day.
- Have a First Aid Kit on hand in the event of a minor injury and a prolonged emergency response as a result of weather conditions.
- Have a working fire extinguisher
- Have an adequate supply of medications.
- Have ready a multipurpose tool, with pliers and a screw driver.
- Maintain a battery operated radio or other device (weather radio) to stay tuned to news and other important local information which may be broadcasted by the media and local stations.
- Maintain sleeping bags or other types of warm items in the event that you lose heat.
- Maintain a good shovel – Residents who are capable of shoveling could assist seniors and other neighbors who are unable to clear a path to the residence. This will assist local emergency responders in the event that they respond to the residence.
- Assist the local Fire Department by making sure that fire hydrants are accessible with the snow cleared.
- Assist local road crews by making sure that residential storm drains are cleared of snow.
If you are without power
: report it online
to JCP&L or by phone at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).
If you see a downed wire
: Stay away from all power lines. Assume they are live and dangerous. If you have a downed power line or another hazardous situation, do not complete this form. Instead, call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) immediately.
JCP&L has an outage map online