From the Morris County Office of Emergency Management:
The Morris County Office of Emergency Management has activated its Emergency Operations Center, and is monitoring the pending storm.
We have serious concerns with regards to the current forecast data due to our current Morris County electrical outage issues, and our many Morris County residents that still remain without power. At the time of this communication, we currently have 14,183 JCP&L customers without power. We spoke with members of the JCP&L team earlier this morning, and it does not appear that we will see resolve prior to the arrival of this next storm. The current restoration time estimate provided by the JCP&L team is Thursday, March 8th at 11:30PM, however, we expect this estimate will likely change depending on the magnitude of the incoming storm.
With each forecast update, we see increased confidence that we will be dealing with a major storm, as snowfall totals have significantly increased since yesterday. We have reviewed models predicting approximately 1ft. of snow, with increased totals of up to 20″ in the higher elevation areas. We have also reviewed other models showing snowfall totals between 7-10″ with a worst case scenario of 10-15″. At the height of the storm, we anticipate seeing snowfall rates of 1-3″ per hour. Regardless of which model we review at this time, we recognize that we are in for a major storm, and we are planning accordingly. The snow is expected to begin late this evening and will continue through Wednesday. Due to the heavy and wet nature of the snow, trees and power lines will once again be at a higher risk to come down, especially those that suffered damage from the last storm. Although the winds will not be as significant as the last storm, we anticipate seeing gusts between 25-35mph.
Prepare at Home: Stock up!
- Food that doesn’t require heating or refrigeration
- Water (1 gallon per person per day)
- Flashlights and batteries
- Battery powered or hand-crank radio
- Battery powered clock
- First Aid Kit
- Medications and Medical Items (if necessary)
- Cellphones with chargers
- Pet food, water, and additional supplies
- Baby supplies (formula, bottles, diapers, etc.)
- Alternate heating methods (wood, coal burning stoves, etc.)
- Warm coats, gloves or mittens, boots, and extra blankets
- Keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Check tires for proper inflation
- Check antifreeze
- Pack emergency supplies in a backpack for a kit on-the-go:
- Ice scraper
- Jumper cables
- Tire chains
- Small shovel
- First Aid Kit
- Flashlight and batteries
- Warning Flares or reflective triangle
On the Road: Winterize your vehicle. Have a Plan. Be Prepared.
From Chester Office of Emergency Management:
Be advised that a significant weather event will be starting at 9 p.m. tonight that is expected to extend through midnight Wednesday. If you feel you can’t shelter in place for this time period due to a power outage or other circumstances, it is recommended that you leave today before the storm begins. Consider staying with relatives, friends, or checking into a hotel.
We anticipate that Morris County OEM will be establishing countywide shelters. More information on these shelters will be forthcoming later today. We will post updates as they become available.
Wednesday trash pickup:
Chester Borough trash will be picked up very early Wednesday morning, March 7th. Trash cans must be curbside by 4:45 am. Wherever possible the crews will attempt to pick up trash around road closures.
Recycling collection has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 8th. Recycling cans must be curbside by 7 am.
Crews are currently working on State Park Road, South Road, Hillside Road and Pleasant Hill Road. Once these jobs are complete, crews will move on to the other outages in town. JCP&L will continue working through the snow storm tomorrow.
JCP&L continues to adhere to the priority list as follows:
- 911 calls
- Critical facilities
- Road openings
- Largest customers
- Smaller groups
- Single customers
We know that neighbors are helping neighbors and are appreciative of how supportive Chester Township residents are to one another. Please continue to check on each other and offer assistance as needed.
Mayor Janet Hoven, Chester Borough
Mayor Marcia Asdal, Chester Township