March 20, 2018 Winter Storm Warning Notice #1

The US National Weather Service New York NY has issued a Winter Storm Warning that is in effect from midnight tonight, Tuesday, March 20, until Thursday, March 22, 08:00 AM EST. The forecast is for heavy mixed winter precipitation transitioning to heavy snow with total accumulations of 12 to 16 inches possible. The Springfield Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation and all departments are taking necessary precautions.

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means significant and severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.  The timing of the storm may affect the ability to clear roads sufficiently in time for the Wednesday and Thursday commutes. Motorists are advised to plan accordingly, leave sufficient time for travel, and drive carefully. Unnecessary driving during the storm should be avoided. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, cell phone charger, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour are possible Wednesday afternoon and evening.  The forecast calls for strong winds ranging between 20-30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 45 mph.  This may result in downed trees and power lines which can cause power outages.

As always, per municipal ordinances, an on-street parking prohibition exists on all roads in the event of snow accumulation to allow for plowing and the passage of emergency vehicles. Vehicles parked in the streets may be ticketed and/or towed. Property owners must clear their sidewalks within 24 hours after the conclusion of snow fall. It is also prohibited to plow, blow or shovel snow into the streets.

Always consider any downed line to be energized. Be cautious. Electrical circuits don’t always turn off when a power line falls into a tree or onto the ground. Even if they are not sparking or humming, downed power lines can kill you if you touch them. Even the ground nearby can be energized.  Downed wires can energize other objects, including fences, water pipes, bushes and trees, buildings and phone and cable wires. Even manhole covers and reinforcement bars in pavement can become energized by downed wires. During storms, wind-blown objects such as canopies, aluminum roofs, siding, sheds, etc., can also be energized by downed wires. Do not touch, approach, or drive over downed power lines and report them immediately to 9-1-1.

  • Sign up for community alerts and notifications at http://www.springfield-nj.us/alerts Power outages may affect the ability to receive automated telephone calls to your home/business landline telephone.  Residents are encouraged to register with their mobile telephone for text and voice alerts for uninterrupted service.
  • Updates as well as announcements about closures/delays of Township offices and service changes will be posted on the municipal website at http://www.springfield-nj.us
  • Recycling collection will remain as scheduled for Wednesday, March 21.
  • Jitney service will operate normally in the morning on Wednesday, March 21 but service will be suspended in the evening on Wednesday, March 21.
  • In the event of an emergency declaration, the Chisholm Community Center is the designated location which may be used as a warming/charging station or for overnight sheltering, but only when activated by the Office of Emergency Management.  Activation and operating hours will be announced on the municipal website.
  • School closings and delays are determined by Springfield Public Schools and announcements will be made through their communication channels.
  • To report power outages, contact the electric company by visiting FirstEnergy/JCP&L or call 1-888-LIGHTSS  (1-888-544-4877).  Downed wires should immediately be called in to your electric company or local police/fire departments. Customers should never go near a downed power line.
  • To report a gas leak, contact the gas provider (PSE&G) by calling 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).

Full details about the hazardous weather outlook are available at http://www.weather.gov

Tips for Shoveling Snow

  • Get the latest forecast
  • Push, don’t lift
  • Wear breathable clothes
  • Wear warm boots
  • Drink water