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'Dangerous' Conditions Expected as Heavy Snow Turns to Ice

Snow, sleet, freezing rain could cause treacherous travel conditions and power outages.

Overnight snow will turn to sleet and freezing rain causing "dangerous" travel conditions Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the entire area until 6 p.m. Wednesday with 3 to 8 inches of snow and up to a half-inch of ice expected.

The heavy snow and ice could down power lines and tree limbs. Utility companies PSE&G and JCP&L said they are prepared for the storm and will bring in additional crews if necessary.

“JCP&L has activated storm response plans, including staffing additional dispatchers and analysts at regional dispatch offices, and making arrangements to bring in additional line, substation and forestry personnel, as required, based on the severity of the weather,” according to a company statement released Tuesday.

To report downed wires or power outages in the PSE&G coverage area, call 1-800-436-PSEG. PSE&G customers can also track outages, follow the utility company on Twitter or register to receive text and email alerts.

JCP&L customers without power should call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) and refer to the utility company's outage map.
JT February 05, 2014 at 08:06 AM
Has anyone else noticed how badly plowed the roads were following Monday's snow storm. I get it that the town's out of salt but I was out Monday night at about 9:00PM and saw two different plows drive by with their plows up while the streets they were driving down where still covered in snow. There was snow left everywhere. Re: the salt situation, why is it that no other towns seems to be out of salt - roads elsewhere yesterday were in good shape.
Albert C February 05, 2014 at 08:11 AM
Many residents in northern Bergen and Rockland counties are customers of Orange & Rockland Electric, and yet, you failed to mention that in your article. Their telephone number is: (877) 434-4100
JC in Bloomfield February 05, 2014 at 08:31 AM
What's up with Montclair? Tuesday morning the roads in Bloomfield and Glen Ridge were clear blacktop, as soon as you hit Montclair the roads were unplowed and snow covered.
janyne di biase February 05, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Does anyone have the contact info for our new Mayor? Canterbury Lane has been improperly plowed and is now blocked by large mounds of snow. Please advise.
Flood Plain February 05, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Glad I had that 20K GenX installed after Sandy. I'm expecting that the power company will have a bad time of keeping power on all over the Tship.
jerry stevenson February 05, 2014 at 11:52 AM
It would be helpful if people posting comments identify the town they are talking about. I live in Madison and our roads, at this time, are not in good shape. Don't know if we are the town that is out of salt. As I think most of you know Patch fired 400 people last Tuesday. A handful of the remaining editors are posting common articles on all the NJ Patch sites.
Stevie February 05, 2014 at 03:03 PM
Good thing there were no or minimal outages up here (north of I95 in Sussex County). Utility crews might not have been able to get through. In Hopatcong, public works didn’t plow streets through the middle of town until after about 10:30 this morning. This past Monday morning, they didn’t get moving until after 8 a.m., and by then most of the side streets hadn’t yet been touched. The very first snowfall of the season (on a Sunday afternoon), not a single road had been touched hours after the surrounding towns (Landing, Ledgewood, Succasunna, etc.) had already completed plowing and salting. With each weather event, they’re starting later and doing less. Glad to see that our local DPW guys are on a “flex” come-to-work-whenever-you-feel-like-it schedule, but many of the rest of us still work for a living. Even with snow tires, we can’t get up and down the hilly roads covered with ice on top of snow. I could be mistaken, but I think that’s why our tax dollars are spent for supplies, equipment, and manpower to maintain public streets in passable condition during weather events like this. So what happened to the “manpower” this time?

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