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New Jersey Braces for Major Winter Snowstorm

2-8-13

New Jersey is facing a major snowstorm with portions of the state under a blizzard warning, a large portion of the state under a winter storm warning and others under a winter weather advisory. Coastal flooding is also a possibility, according to the National Weather Service.

Watches, Warnings or Advisories for New Jersey: Get alerts currently in effect for New Jersey (updated every two-three minutes).

Closings and Delays: Get a list of school closings and delays throughout the state.

Gov. Chris Christie has has ordered the state emergency operations activated. The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the storm. The organization will be using its Twitter account — @NJOEM2010 — to keep residents informed. Its Facebook page will also be updated. The New Jersey State Police will be sending out tweets related to storm safety as well with the handle @NJSP.

TRAVEL

Travel is likely to be difficult Friday and Saturday. NJ Transit will be cross-honoring tickets Friday and Saturday, allowing customers to take alternate forms of transportation. Stations will be open extended hours throughout the storm. Additional trains will run Friday afternoon on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, Raritan Valley Line, Morris & Essex Lines and the Port Jervis Line to help travelers. For the latest travel information, NJ Transit suggests customers follow @NJ_TRANSIT on Twitter.

To get the latest information on New Jersey roadways, visit 511nj.org. The website updates traffic conditions on major roadways throughout the state. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority posts information about the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey also has information about storm preparations to update customers.

Newark Liberty International Airport

JFK International Airport

LaGuardia Airport

Philadelphia International Airport

  • The Airport advises travelers with flights scheduled today to check the status of their flight before coming to the Airport.
  • Flight information can be obtained directly from your airline, by calling the Airport’s toll-free flight information line 1-800-PHL-GATE (1-800-745-4283), or checking the website.
  • The Airport also advises anyone coming to PHL to pick up someone flying into Philadelphia to check the flight status before leaving for the Airport.

POWER OUTAGES

Strong winds and heavy snow could affect power in the state. PSE&G has additional crews and equipment on hand to deal with possible outages. Customers who experience outages are encouraged to call 800-436-PSEG to report it. There is also an outage map available for customers and the organization will be tweeting from @PSEGdelivers.

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is also taking steps to prepare for the storm with additional crews ready to restore power should it go out. The company is tweeting from @JCP_L and encourages customers to report outages to 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877). It also has an outage map available.

Orange & Rockland has mobilized a company-wide storm response effort and encourages customers to report outages by calling 877-434-4100. The company has a Storm Information Center that includes an outage map.

Atlantic City Electric released a statement saying the company would monitor the situation and adjust crews in the event of outages. The company has an outage map available for customers.