Nor’easter (round two) to slam East Coast, including Hudson County

Today felt like spring was on tap with a healthy dose of sunshine and decent temperatures. But that was just the calm before the storm — literally — since a second nor’easter is supposed to wallop the East Coast, including Hudson County late tonight.

“The storm will still pack a punch from New Jersey to Maine,” AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski told USA Today.

According to the National Weather Service, the storm will dump 4 to 8 inches of snow and likely bring strong winds, coastal flooding, heavy rain and inland flooding.

Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency for New Jersey starting at 8 pm Tuesday due to the impending storm.

“In the interest of security, I ask that all West New York residents stay home and avoid unnecessary travel,” says West New York Mayor, Dr. Felix Roque. “Our police and fire departments are on standby for any issues that may occur to protect our citizens, and we ask that any power outages be reported to PSE&G immediately. I can’t stress enough the importance of safety and security. Please urge your family and friends to stay home.”

Here’s the latest warnings from the National Weather Service:

* Heavy snow expected (heaviest in the afternoon)
* Portions of northeast New Jersey, southern Connecticut and southeast New York
* Plan on difficult travel conditions, including the morning and evening commutes Wednesday.
* Coastal flood advisory in effect from 11am to 2pm Wednesday. Some roads low lying property including
parking lots, parks, lawns and home/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience
shallow flooding.
* Be prepared for significant reduction in visibility at times.

Those in need of non-emergency assistance should call the West New York Police Department Command Center at 201-295-5000. For all emergencies, please call 911.

The West New York Board of Education has closed all schools and the town will close all municipal offices on Wednesday.

High winds of 15-20 mph and gusts up to 30 are expected so residents should secure all property from balconies and rooftops.

The mayor also recommends following the town’s Facebook and Twitter pages (@TownofWNY) for the latest information and updates. And stay in touch by texting 07093 to the number 888777.

“As part of emergency preparation, residents should charge cell phones and other mobile devices and check on their supply of flashlights and batteries,” Roque says.