It will be an interesting overnight weather-wise for Hudson County. Will it be snow? Will it be drenching rains? Will it be an icy mix? I guess it’s good Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. A holiday means less people heading to work and less chances for motor vehicle accidents.
Municipalities are already preparing for whatever happens weather-wise. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop posted on social media around 12:30 this afternoon, “Just an update on the storm operation. We have crews coming in at at 5:00 pm today. Fifty-three trucks will be available. The plan is to cover city streets with a layer of salt. As snow accumulations are minimized, the concern is now on freezing rain in the early hours of the morning. We will remain flexible and keep you all posted.”
Meanwhile, the Secaucus Police Department posted, “Wet snow and strong winds predicted for tonight into tomorrow! Visit the PSE&G site for outages and restoration time estimates.
The City of Hoboken is issuing a winter weather advisory due to predicted snow and rain expected between 5 pm today, January 16 and 8 am Monday, January 17. Snow accumulation of 1 – 2 inches followed by rain is possible. Any rain over 0.8 inch per hour could result in flooding in low-lying areas.
Avoid flood-prone areas
The North Hudson Sewerage Authority and the Department of Environmental Services has been clearing all inlets and catch basins of debris.
Residents are urged to move cars from flood-prone areas as flooding is possible at low-lying, flood-prone intersections. The Office of Emergency Management has posted “No Parking Signs” in these areas, which should be taken as advisories. Cars will not be towed. Barricades will be deployed near flood-prone intersections.
Please report flooded intersections and clogged drain inlets by calling the NHSA Hotline at (866) 689-3970.
Keep Sidewalks and Curb Ramps Clear
While the City’s Department of Environmental Services will salt and plow streets during the storm, property owners and occupants are reminded that they have six (6) hours after the completion of a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining curb ramps or curb cuts.
Residents are urged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors with clearing snow from their properties.
It is illegal to shovel snow back onto streets or onto fire hydrants.
The City performs proactive inspections and relies on citizen complaints to help identify property owners that are not meeting sidewalk safety requirements. While majority of property owners comply with the safety regulations, the City will issue fines to those who do not keep sidewalks clear.
To report a non-shoveled sidewalk, please email email@example.com.
Secure loose objects
Wind gusts of up to 50 MPH are predicted.
Residents should secure all loose objects outside or bring them inside, especially on balconies. Outdoor tents should be taken down depending on the wind load.
Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines, resulting in power outages.
Please report power outages and downed wires to PSEG at https://nj.myaccount.pseg.com/myservicepublic/outagepublic
Garbage collection will occur as regularly scheduled.
Residents should monitor local forecasts for additional advisories, watches, and warnings.
Residents are also encouraged to monitor the City’s Twitter (twitter.com/cityofhoboken) and Facebook (facebook.com/hoboken) or sign up to receive email or text updates by visiting www.hobokennj.gov/alerts.
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