The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning. The forecast calls for the possibility of heavy mixed precipitation. Total snow accumulations in excess of 5 inches are possible and ice accumulations of a light glaze are possible. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute Wednesday and the morning commute Thursday. The heavy wet snow combined with gusty winds could result in sporadic 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. Do not plow, blow or shovel snow into the streets.
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, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
To report power outages or for power restoration information, 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 (New Jersey Natural Gas/NJNJ) by calling 1-800-GAS-LEAK (800-427-5325)
Borough of Red Bank emergency management, public safety and law enforcement personnel are monitoring the situation and departments are taking necessary precautions to prepare and respond.
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