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State Preparing For Nor'easter That Will Strike New Jersey Late Wednesday

New Jersey is preparing for a potent, fast-moving nor'easter that will slam the state Wednesday into Thursday, bringing snow, mixed precipitation, high winds, rain and minor coastal flooding.

Snowfall amounts will range from several inches, to as high as 14 inches, across the New Jersey. Areas north and west of the I-95 are expected to see the highest snowfall totals.

This storm will bring a variety of severe winter weather conditions including snow, sleet, rain, strong winds and coastal flooding. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a "Winter Storm Warning" for which will be in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday evening until 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Col. Rick Fuentes, State Police superintendent and director of the state Office of Emergency Management, said conditions will "deteriorate" after midnight, and his office will be closely monitoring the situation along with the National Weather Service and the 21 county Offices of Emergency Management.

"We are asking New Jersey residents to do the same," he said in a statement. "Be especially careful if you are on the road; driving will be difficult. Check in with elderly or disabled relatives, neighbors and friends. Those who live in coastal communities should be aware of the potential for high winds and minor coastal flooding."

Primary concerns with this system will be strong northeast winds, high surf, and at least minor coastal flooding on Thursday morning. Snow is also expected.

A coastal low-pressure system is predicted to lumber up the coast and intensify when it reaches the Middle Atlantic States.

However, the National Weather Service’s GFS model points the low pressure system going out to sea, keeping snow amounts low in coastal areas.

As a result, the Jersey Shore could receive 2-4 inches of snow because some of the precipitation could fall as rain. Areas farther inland and north, however, icould get 4-6 inches.

Those living along the I-95 corridor receive the grand prize for a 6- to 8-inch storm total.

Weather forecasters are struggling with determining the exact track and intensity of the storm. Even the slightest change in direction, speed or intensity can have a huge impact on weather conditions.

However, based on current forecast, the following weather events are expected in most areas of New Jersey:

1. Snow should start between midnight and 3 a.m. Thursday morning with it continuing through the morning rush. There could be an inch or two of snow accumulation during this time period.

2. The Thursday morning rush will be difficult as most likely roads will be snow covered and icy. Also, moderate snow will greatly reduce visibility.

3. Snow should change over to a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain during Thursday morning. Also, there is a possibility of the wintry mix changing to just plain rain during Thursday afternoon, before switching back to sleet and snow Thursday evening.

4. Snow and sleet Thursday evening should end as a period of all snow prior to sunrise Friday morning.

5. Winds will increase Wednesday night and by Thursday morning, will be sustained at 20 to 25mph with gust up to 40mph. These strong winds combined with the wintry mix of precipitation will lead to the possibility of power outages.

6. Minor coastal flooding could occur along the bayfront and lagoon areas of both towns with the high tide cycle of Thursday morning.

The following is a list of general winter preparedness tips, a detailed list of actions to take can be found on the NJOEM website at: 
http://www.ready.nj.gov/plan/winter.html.

At home:  Have your heating system checked by a professional once a year. Make sure your home is properly insulated. Protect pipes from freezing, inspect and flush your water heater, replace smoke detector batteries.

Power Outages: Call your utility to determine area repair schedules.  Remember to turn off or unplug lights and appliances to prevent a circuit overload when the power returns. To protect  yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning, never operate generators or use charcoal to cook  indoors, In addition, do not use your gas oven to heat your home and only use space heaters with proper ventilation.

Pets:  Create a place where your pets can be comfortable in severe winter weather, or bring pets indoors.

In the Neighborhood:  If someone you know is elderly or dependent on life-sustaining or health-related equipment such as a ventilator, respirator or oxygen concentrator, make plans NOW to ensure their needs are met during severe winter weather and possible power outages.  Check
on them after a storm or power outage.

On the road:  Winterize your vehicle to avoid breakdowns. Have a mechanic check key vehicle systems.  Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.  Always wear a seat belt. Brake properly to avoid skidding.  Be alert for snowplows.

Outside:   During a snowstorm, stay inside - long periods of exposure to severe cold increase the risk of frostbite or hypothermia.  If you must go outside, dress in many layers of clothing with a hat, mittens or gloves, and a scarf to cover your mouth. Most body heat is lost through
the top of the head, so always wear a hat.  Mittens are better than gloves, because fingers maintain more warmth when they touch each other.  A scarf worn over your mouth will protect your lungs from extreme cold.

The state Office of Emergency Management has provided resources for staying in-the-know:

On the Web - Use credible websites to get information about natural hazards and emergency preparedness. The NJOEM works closely with the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center regarding storm predictions and forecasts.  The NJOEM website contains links to the County OEM social media pages and alerting systems.

National Weather Service - www.erh.noaa.gov/er/phi/

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management - ready.nj.gov

ReadyNJ Alerts & Updates Blog: readynj.wordpress.com

Social Media - Social media is used by the NJOEM, and by emergency managers statewide.

NJOEM on Facebook: www.facebook.com/READYNEWJERSEY

NJOEM on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ReadyNJ

NJ State Police on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewJerseyStatePolice

NJ State Police on Twitter: www.twitter.com/NJSP

Alerts - Mobile / Text (SMS) & E-Mail

NIXLE - http://local.nixle.com/new-jersey-state-police/. New Jersey residents can register to receive messages by sending a text message with their zip code to 888777 (data rates may apply depending on your plan). Online registration is also available at www.nixle.com

NJ Alert - NJ Alert is a free, voluntary and confidential emergency alerting system that allows NJ Office of Emergency Management officials to send E-mail or text messages to cell phones, and other email enabled devices during an emergency event. Sign up for NJ Alert by logging on
to: www.njalert.gov.

CMAS -the Community Mobile Alert System - this nationwide system is now being used the National Weather Service to transmit urgent weather info to your cell phone. A warning means the hazard is imminent; a watch means conditions are favorable for the hazard to occur. Your cell phone must be WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) enabled to receive these
messages.

Traditional Media - Continue to monitor traditional media sources - TV, newspapers and radio - to stay informed of breaking news and continued coverage of emergency events.

Find out if your community has a "reverse 9-1-1" system or if you can opt-in for email updates from municipal officials.

NOAA Weather Radio - is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service Office. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard

information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NOAA Weather Radios are typically inexpensive, easily available in stores and can often be programmed for your specific area. 

Sharon H February 12, 2014 at 11:25 AM
"Most body heat is lost through the top of the head". Not true. That myth has been debunked. The truth is that we lose the same amount of heat through any exposed area. For the latest research, check out: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2008/dec/17/medicalresearch-humanbehaviour However, do not go out without a warm hat. You will feel a lot more warm and cozy if you wear one! Everyone take care and ride the storm out safely. And please remember to keep your pets safe, too.
Sean Conneamhe February 12, 2014 at 01:03 PM
"And wear socks..."
John February 12, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Everyone should just stay home tomorrow. There are enough problems on the roads during a normal day.
they can do that February 12, 2014 at 02:06 PM
So glad everyone signed the easements and the dunes were rebuilt to protect the shore from flooding... wait a minute..... nevermind. When the ocean floods the streets and the houses thank the holdouts!!!!!
John February 12, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Why did U choose to live at the shore....enjoy the waves....
Keeping whats mine February 12, 2014 at 04:32 PM
Yea, you build on the beach and below sea level. you pay big money for the view. Then when nature says get outta here you act surprised. Enjoy the water front.
Citizen of America February 12, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Why are you re-distributing these safety tips from government bureaus??? You're just re-enforcing the "nanny state". Remember, ""Government is not the solution to our problem; government IS the problem." #TeabaggerLogic
Project Bluebeam February 12, 2014 at 06:37 PM
If you see a schmuck wearing shorts remind him it's winter.
Debbie Shinn February 12, 2014 at 07:42 PM
accumulating snow can clog your gas meter and cause a gas interruption. Carefully remove snow from around your gas meter. use a brush only, do not use a shovel. A shovel can damage the meter.
Sean Conneamhe February 12, 2014 at 09:06 PM
"Impeach Christie..."
Revolution February 13, 2014 at 08:34 AM
John some people have to go to work
Long Time Resident February 13, 2014 at 06:47 PM
Hey Clueless in America (aka Citizen of America) name one, just one, law or proposal supported by the tea party that is not reasonable. And just in case you ask yes, I believe it is immoral and unethical for the democrats and republicans to borrow and spend money that our children and their children will have to pay back. Obama pledged to stop borrowing in during his campaign in 2007 which just turned out to be the first of his many lies!
Frazure February 23, 2014 at 08:30 AM
This is a "news report" about weather - that is nearly TWO weeks old. Why not take it down already?? If you didn't leave old news, out of area news and fluff filler articles to fill your web page, it would be empty most of the time.
John February 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Yes, I agree this is old information, lets panic the people again.
Oscar vasquez March 03, 2014 at 12:40 PM
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