Monday, March 13th, 2017
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.
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:
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.
Keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
Check tires for proper inflation
Pack emergency supplies in a backpack for a kit on-the-go:
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.