As per the National Weather Service, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect. Starting around midnight tonight, rain will start then quickly transition into snow leaving significant snowfall amounts. The heavy snow, poor visibility and dropping temperatures will make travel dangerous, especially for the Thursday morning commute. During poor driving conditions, it is imperative that the traffic on the roadways stay at a minimum. For your safety and others, staying at home is best during inclement weather such as this.
Please know that the Township is making every effort to ensure that snow removal is handled as safely and expeditiously as possible. The Department of Public Works will clear all major roadways first to allow for emergency vehicles and will then proceed to clear all secondary roads. There are many roadways within Jackson Township that are County roads and therefore will be maintained by the County Road Department. All obstacles, such as vehicles, basketball apparatus, etc., must be removed from all Jackson Township roadways to allow the Department of Public Works as much access as possible while plowing. It is important to know that during significant snow events the Township’s Emergency No Parking Ordinance (Chapter 103, Article VIII) is enforced, meaning all vehicles on the roadways that are in violation of this article are subject to removal by the township at the owners expense. Should you have a fire hydrant in front of your home, the Municipal Utilities Authority, as well as the Local Fire Departments, could use your help with clearing the snow around it for ease of access in the event of an emergency. “The sooner we get our roads clear the safer it is for all our first responders to do their jobs. This is a township wide effort that depends on cooperation, patience and understanding,” said Mayor Reina.
PLEASE REMEMBER that if you are cold, SO ARE YOUR ANIMALS. Please bring your pets inside during these frigid conditions.
With the potential for power outages, residents should have medications, water, flashlights, batteries, etc. on hand. Should this storm cause downed wires, residents should immediately report this to JCP&L, or their local police or fire department. To report power outages call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). The township website will have updates as situations change. Dialing 9-1-1 should be for EMERGENCIES ONLY. The Department of Public Works will be available to assist with non-emergency phone calls 24/7 during this snow event. Please call 732-928-1311.
For updates on this storm and for a complete list of all county roads in our township, please refer to the Jackson Township website at www.jacksontwpnj.net. You may also get updates on our Facebook page.