Road conditions have been deteriorating rapidly throughout the area as the snow continues to fall. Area police are reporting dozens of accidents on side and major roadways.
Weather conditions are expected to become worse over the next several hours, with the heaviest snow anticipated between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Police ask motorists to avoid traveling this afternoon and evening if possible.The East Brunswick Public Library closed at 1 p.m. due to the weather.
With accumulation total expectations increased for the storm on Tuesday, police are warning motorists to anticipate difficult driving conditions during the evening commute.
The latest snowfall predictions call for 8 to 12 inches to fall on central New Jersey. The National Weather Service issued both a Winter Storm Warning and a Wind Chill Advisory beginning at 10 a.m.
East Brunswick schools have issued early dismissals for today. Township residents are reminded that vehicles must be removed from all East Brunswick roads and sidewalks must be shoveled following the storm, as per township ordinance.
The snow is expected to begin late Tuesday morning and will continue through the evening. Temperatures will be down in the high teens and low 20's with a wind chill below zero, which can cause severe frost bite to exposed skin, in addition to hypothermia.
Drivers are urged to use extreme caution while allowing for extra travel time. Motorists should also be aware of black ice, especially on bridges and overpasses.
Heavy snow, ice and strong winds can also increase the possibility of downed wires leading to power outages. The anticipated cold temperature can also lead to increased calls to PSE&G for customers with insufficient heat.To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 800-436-PSEG. Customers with a handheld device can report power outages and view the status of outages by clicking My Account at pseg.com.
General outages are available at www.pseg.com/outagecenter.
Tips for snow emergency kits:
- A battery powered radio.
- A corded telephone. (Cordless phones will not work if the power is out.)
- Flashlights and extra fresh batteries.
- A first-aid kit.
- Bottled water and an adequate supply of non-perishable food.
- A non-electric can opener.
- Matches and candles with holders.
- Extra blankets and sleeping bags.
- A list of emergency phone numbers, including PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG. Call this number to report power outages or downed wires.