Police across Greater Morristown urged people to stay off the roads, and the sidewalks, as snow continued falling on Wednesday evening from the nor’easter pummeling the region.
Morristown Police Chief Pete Demnitz said “you are putting emergency personnel in danger” by venturing outside.
“Shelter in place,” cautioned Morris Township police, warning of falling branches and unsafe roads.
“Nobody should be out driving,” said Mayor Tim Dougherty, who helped police and DPW workers get a motorist un-stuck on South Street. “The snow is deep. Even snowplows are having a tough time.”
Dougherty said branches on his street are so heavy with wet snow, they nearly are touching the ground.
Earlier in the day, Morris Plains police reported power outages on Mountain Way. Jersey Central Power & Light, which had been striving to restore power from Friday’s storm, showed 1,706 customers without power in Morris Township, 954 out in Morristown and 88 outages in Morris Plains. In Randolph, nearly 1,700 customers were in the dark on Wednesday night.
Downtown Morristown was a virtual ghost town this afternoon. Slogging through the calf-deep snow took effort; it was so wet that jackets and gloves quickly grew soggy.
Gov. Murphy’s state of emergency remained in effect on Wednesday evening, along with a winter storm watch from the National Weather Service that extends until 3 am on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
Morristown has extended free parking in four local garages until 2 pm on Thursday for residents, Mayor Dougherty said. The free period had been slated to expire at 8 am.
The Morristown Fire House on Speedwell Avenue also is open to residents as a warming- and battery re-charging shelter.