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Winter Storm Takes Aim at Essex County

Latest forecast from National Weather Service calls for foot of snow or more.

A major winter storm in Essex County could start as early as Friday morning and bring strong, gusty winds, heavy snow and near white-out conditions, according to the National Weather Service Thursday. 

Snow accumulations of 10 to 14 inches are possible along with wind gusts up to 45 mph, the report said. The major storm warning has been issued for the county from 6 a.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday, the weather service reported Thursday.

The heaviest snow is expected to hit Friday evening into Saturday morning, forecasters said. Visibility of one-quarter mile or less is possible at times. 

The weather service warned of the potential for treacherous driving conditions and localized power outages brought on by the winter storm. 

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. declared a snow emergency in the county late Thursday afternoon in anticipation of the storm.

As part of the emergency declaration, beginning Friday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m., no parking and tow-away zone laws will be strictly enforced on all county roads to allow county crews to clear snow from streets, DiVincenzo said in a statement.

Public Service Electric and Gas said it was preparing for storm, including readying "all available personnel" and arranging for contractors and tree crews to help. 

"Snow, by itself, does not pose a serious problem for utilities, but heavy snow, icing and strong winds can increase the possibility of downed wires and associated power outages. Cars striking utility poles can also cause wires to come down. And cold weather can affect the number of calls we receive from customers with insufficient or no heat," PSE&G said in a statement.

Adam Kraemer February 08, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Half of Suburban Essex County is at the supermarket buying milk, eggs, and bread in prepeation for arageddon. I can only conculude that a winter weather event is a cause for the community to make French Toast in mass quantities.
Valeria February 08, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Is school expected to open tomorrow?
Morrisa da Silva February 08, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Until they start using good yiddishe names like Winter Storm Schlomo I'm with Joy!
Eric Goodman (Editor) February 08, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Valeria, both Verona and Cedar Grove schools will have early dismissals on Friday. http://verona.patch.com/articles/verona-cedar-grove-schools-announce-half-days#photo-4345728
Joy Yagid February 08, 2013 at 11:32 AM
For some reason my comment disappeared! I asked Patch not to use the silly Weather Channel storm names.
Lisa Lionheart February 08, 2013 at 02:59 PM
awesome, this just made me crack up! thanks for the laugh :-)
bbbnto February 08, 2013 at 05:22 PM
If this storm ends up being a blizzard, does the Weather Channel really think that people are going to remember it by an idiotic name? I don't think so. It'll be known as the Blizzard of 2013
Melodie Hodge February 08, 2013 at 06:41 PM
LOL
Alice Hastings February 08, 2013 at 11:00 PM
The media creates a sense of urgency and people behave as if we are going to be stranded for 3 weeks, this winter and this is called a snow storm. My sister in Florida suugested we move there, I think this is the year.
greengirl February 09, 2013 at 12:52 AM
It is all a hoax created by the Dairy Industry.

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