Monday, March 13th, 2017

Good morning,

OEM logoWe continue to monitor the Nor’easter from the Morris County Emergency Operations Center. At this time, the winter storm appears to be on track to reach our area this evening into Tuesday evening.

We are preparing for what forecasters have described as a “Major Winter Storm”. The National Weather Service has issued a “ Winter Storm Watch” which is in effect from this evening through tomorrow evening.

 The current data suggests that we may experience 2-4” 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.storm photo

At this time, the data suggests SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 18-24” 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.  

We encourage you to plan ahead. Below you will find the “Morris County Office of Emergency Management Winter Storm Preparedness Tips.” We will continue to monitor the storm, and will provide additional weather updates as they become necessary.  Please adjust your plans accordingly, and stay safe!    

Jeffrey S. Paul, Director, Morris County Office of Emergency Management

Morris County Office of Emergency Management
Winter Preparedness Tips:Weather Update: Looks Like a
Prepare at Home: Stock up!
Food that doesn’t require heating or refrigeration
Water (1 gallon per person per day)
Flashlights and batteries
Battery powered or hand-crank radio
Battery powered clock
First Aid Kit
Medications and Medical Items (if necessary)
Cellphones with chargers
Pet food, water, and additional supplies
Baby supplies (formula, bottles, diapers, etc.)
Alternate heating methods (wood, coal burning stoves, etc.)
Warm coats, gloves or mittens, boots, and extra blankets

On the Road: Winterize your vehicle.Weather Update: Looks Like a
Keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
Check tires for proper inflation
Check antifreeze
Pack emergency supplies in a backpack for a kit on-the-go:
Ice scraper
Jumper cables
Tire chains
Small shovel
First Aid Kit
Flashlight and batteries
Warning Flares or reflective triangle

Visit www.MorrisOEM.org to learn how you can register for alerts with your local police or emergency personnel, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@MCUrgent). Also, keep a watch on the Morris County government website at www.morriscountynj.gov and Facebook.