EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – A “major” nor’easter is expected to impact East Brunswick on Wednesday, producing more plowable snow or heavy rain and packing 35 to 55-mph winds.
The National Weather Service is now labeling the “major” system a “nor’easter” since it’s expected to produce strong, sustained damaging winds and precipitation over a 24-hour period on Wednesday.
The storm will be fierce enough to knock down power lines and cause power outages and other damage, packing gale-force winds as strong as 35 to 55 mph across the state between 7 a.m. on Wednesday and 7 a.m. on Thursday.
The township released an ordinance prohibiting parking on any street, for the duration of the storm. This was done to ensure safe and efficient movement for snow removal equipment.
East Brunswick released the following advisory:
Remove any other obstacles on the street such as basketball systems, garbage cans, recycling can, and anything that can effect snow plowing services.
Shovel out any fire hydrants in front of your house.
Clear a path to your front door in the event that emergency workers need to access your residence.
Due to continuous snow plowing operations on the road the bottom portion of your driveway may have to be cleaned several times. The snow plows will be making numerous passes on the roads and may affect any snow shoveling you may have completed.
The gusty winds will have the potential to bring down tree limbs and power lines. Be prepared for the possibility of power outages and loss of heat. Please use care if you need the use of a generator.
Charge up electronic devices ahead of time and be sure to have a flashlight, portable radio and batteries.
Check on elderly neighbors and relatives, especially in the event of a power outage.
Here are the numbers to call and report power outages: PSEG 1-800-436-7734,
Here are additional expected snow totals:
State officials said they have more than 400 pieces of road equipment available to make the roads safe, even though fewer people are taking to the roads because of the coronavirus outbreak.
AccuWeather is saying the system could be the “most significant winter storm in several years,” one that could potentially become highly impactful and disruptive as the first round of coronavirus vaccines continue to be shipped around the country.
AccuWeather is warning of major disruptions to travel and even travel shutdowns, as well as shipping delays, school closings and power outages from this “blockbuster storm,” – even though a number of New Jersey school districts have said they’ll opt to go remote instead of closing.
Here is the forecast:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with chances of rain. Snow and/or rain, mainly after 1 p.m. High near 36. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Wednesday night: Snow and/or rain. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 25. Northeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches possible.
Thursday: A chance of snow in the morning, mainly before 4 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 33. Breezy with a north wind 10 to 20 mph, with gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.