CAMDEN, NJ– Camden is bracing for the first significant snowstorm of the season.
According to the National Weather Service, Wednesday night is when most areas of New Jersey will get the peak effect from this storm.
“We are experiencing the very first significant snow occasion of the season on Wednesday. Make certain you are prepared for the storm!” the city shared online Monday.
A Winter Storm Watch is in result from Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 2:00 p.m. until Thursday, Dec. 17, at 1:00 p.m. Temperatures on Wednesday are anticipated to dip below freezing. Heavy snow is possible with accumulations of approximately 12 to 17 inches, and strong winds likely in parts of the Northeast, including locations near or just north and west of the Interstate 95 passage from Boston to New York and Philadelphia.
“We are currently tracking a winter season weather condition event that will be taking place on Wednesday that will bring a roller coaster of snow and rain over the course of 12 hours,” said Commissioner Barbara Holcomb, intermediary to the CCDPW. “Prior to the upcoming snow and sleet mix, which is anticipated to create slippery roads throughout the county we are planning for a full fledged snow event and will prepare appropriately.”
Camden County authorities stated the Camden County Department of Public Works (CCDPW) has actually been on roadways preparing for the harsh weather.
“At the public works complex in Lindenwold, more than 100 tools are available to keep county roads satisfactory,” the county stated in a declaration, including that personnel will be sent out to 12 winter upkeep districts to salt and plow 1,200 lane miles of highways throughout Camden County if deemed required.
The storm will begin to pull away from the Northeast on Thursday morning. Nevertheless, snowfall and gusty winds could linger through at least a part of Thursday.
Now is the time to prepare and get ready for a prospective significant snowfall, according to the Scotch Plains Office of Emergency Management. Here are some tips from FEMA:
What to Do Now (Prepare)
- Sign up for regional signals and warnings.
- Develop and evaluate emergency situation interaction plan(s).
- Stock emergency materials, and install battery-powered or battery backed-up carbon monoxide gas detectors and smoke detectors.
- Winterize your home. Check out this pageto help you prepare.
- Evaluation your property insurance, and protect important files.
- Get trained on specific needs your household might have. Likewise, think about joining your regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
- Determine a location close by where you can safely heat up should you lose heat in your home.
What to Do During the Storm (Survive)
- Stay inside and off the roadways. If you should drive, keep emergency materials in your cars and truck.
- Close off spaces to consolidate and maintain heat.
- Gown in layers, and utilize blankets to remain warm.
- Bring animals into a warm location and out of the storm or serious cold.
- Never ever utilize a generator, camp range, charcoal grill, or fuel or lp heating unit inside, as these products can begin unexpected fires, cause electric shock, and/or cause deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Never warm a home with a cooktop or oven.
- Limitation your time outdoors, and remain dry.
What to Do Afterwards (Be Safe)
- Only drive if required.
- Remove snow and ice from your tailpipe before beginning your car, and inspect regularly if idling.
- Clean all snow and ice from your cars and truck before driving.
- Dress in warm clothes, remain dry, avoid extended exposure to cold and wind.
- Prevent overexertion clearing/shoveling snow. Overexertion can lead to a medical emergency situation.
- Screen local news and alerts for emergency situation details and guidelines.
Below are numbers and contact information for the two power providers in Camden County:
- PSE&G: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734 )
- PSEG site: http://pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/index.jsp
- Atlantic City Electric: 1-800-833-7476
- Atlantic City Electric site: http://www.atlanticcityelectric.com/home/
- South Jersey Gas: 1-800-582-7060
- South Jersey Gas site: http://southjerseygas.com/