Stella is churning our way, and the Nor-easter could leave up to two feet of snow before she’s gone on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
A winter storm warning is in effect from 8 o’clock tonight, Monday, March 13, 2017, through Tuesday, March 14 at 6 pm.
Accumulations of 18- to 24 inches are forecast for Greater Morristown and the rest of northern New Jersey:
The heavy snow will make many roads impassable and may produce widespread power outages due to the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines… WINDS…Northeast 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
Jeff Paul of the Morris County Office of Emergency Management adds these details:
The current data suggests that we may experience 2-4 inches per hour snow rates during the pre-dawn hours into early afternoon on Tuesday. Blizzard conditions and limited visibility are possible at the height of the storm, with prolonged blowing and drifting snow.
At this time, the data suggests snow accumulations of 18-24 inches are possible depending on where the storm sets up. The heaviest snow and highest winds are expected through the morning and early afternoon tomorrow. Winds will be northeast at 15-30 mph with gusts to 35-45 mph late Monday night through Tuesday. We may experience scattered snow showers into Wednesday.
You can read the OEM’s preparedness tips here. Stay tuned here for all the weather news as this storm unfolds. The Red Cross offers these safety guidelines:
WINTER STORM SAFETY TIPS
1. Have at least a three day supply of water and non-perishable, easy to prepare food as well as a seven day supply of medications.
2. If you need to go outside, dress in layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
3. Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will help keep the fuel line from freezing.
4. Bring the pets indoors. If that’s not possible, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
5. Avoid frozen pipes – run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to help avoid freezing pipes.
6. Do not use a stove or oven to heat the home.
7. Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface and anything flammable should be kept at least three feet away.
8. If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
9. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
10. Charge cell phones and keep flashlights handy in the event of a power outage.
WEATHER ALERTS AND FIRST AID TIPS
People can download the free Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to winter storm tips and weather alerts for their area and where loved-ones live. Medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the free First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. The apps are bilingual and are available to download in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.
Additional winter storm safety information and checklists are available at redcross.org/WinterSafety.