Murphy declares state of emergency for Saturday; forecast says 5 to 10 inches of snow, then bitter cold

Gov. Phil Murphy announces state of emergency for Jan. 19, 2019, when snow-and- ice storm is anticipated. He spoke on Jan. 18. Photo courtesy of Governor's office.
Gov. Phil Murphy announces state of emergency for Jan. 19, 2019, when snow-and- ice storm is anticipated. He spoke on Jan. 18. Photo courtesy of Governor's office.
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Gov. Phil Murphy is taking no chances this time.

Near the close of business on Friday he declared a state of emergency, effective at noon on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, ahead of a winter storm that could dump 10 inches of snow on Greater Morristown.

“The best piece of advice is to stay in,” said Murphy, who took plenty of heat in November when a snowstorm caught road crews flat-footed.

The National Weather Service has upgraded its weekend alert to a winter storm warning.

Five- to 10 inches of snow and up to two-tenths of an inch of ice are possible for Greater Morristown between 1 pm on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, and 4 pm on Sunday, Jan. 20:

Travel will be very difficult on icy and snow- covered roads. Power outages will also be possible due to a combination of strong winds and ice accretions. Finally, bitter cold wind chills can be expected late Sunday into Monday
as temperatures rapidly drop behind the system.

“The bigger culprit for this storm, we believe, will be the potential for ice and freezing rain, and the expected severe drop in temperatures on the back end,” said Murphy, who also issued a commercial travel restriction on all roads north of Interstate 95, except for the New Jersey Turnpike.

Morristown police remind residents that 911 is for emergencies only. For non-emergencies, call the police desk at 973-538-2200. 

Motorists are urged to stay off roads during the storm. If power outages occur, customers should report them by clicking the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com, calling 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), or by texting out to 544487.

More safety tips are here.

Morristown residents can shelter their cars from the storm for free in Morristown Parking Authority Garages starting at 3 pm on Saturday.

Early cancellations include Saturday’s American Girl Live shows at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center and Sunday’s Morris County Winter Farmers Market.

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