March 2018 Winter Storm Quinn Notice #3

The Township of Springfield announces the following update to the previously published Notice #2

The Township of Springfield announces new updates posted in Notice #4

The US National Weather Service New York NY Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until March 8, 04:00 AM EST with total snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches expected.  Snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour are expected into this evening.  In consultation with the Springfield Office of Emergency Management, a proclamation of local emergency has been declared in Springfield effective 6:30 p.m. today.

Visibility is significantly reduced. The roadway conditions are hazardous. There are numerous fallen trees, limbs and downed wires.  Therefore, traffic and personnel shall be restricted to essential and necessary travel only and people should remain in their homes to stay safe.

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.

Jersey Central Power & Light is reporting widespread outages in Union County.  As of 7:30 p.m., 67% of Springfield customers are without power and JCP&L has indicated customers should not expect restoration before tomorrow. Monitor outages by visiting the JCP&L website.  Power outages should be reported to JCP&L.  Do not call 9-1-1 to report outages as electricity is not within township control and calls burden public safety personnel from providing timely response to true emergencies.

The Springfield Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation from the Emergency Operations Center and all departments are actively responding to conditions.

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.

  • The Chisholm Community Center will open at 8 a.m., Thursday, March 8th as a warming and charging station.
  • Recycling collection originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 has been rescheduled for Friday, March 9.
  • Garbage collection scheduled for Thursday, March 8 has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 10 and garbage collection scheduled for Friday, March 9 will remain as scheduled.
  • Jitney service will be suspended in the morning and evening on Thursday, March 8.
  • Springfield Senior Citizens Club canceled its monthly meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 8.
  • Springfield Public Schools will be closed Thursday, March 8.
  • 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).
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Full details about the hazardous weather outlook are available at