Posted Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
ANTICIPATING A MAJOR SNOWSTORM — POWER RESTORATION WORK CONTINUES
We have concerns with regards to the current Wednesday forecast due to our current Morris County electrical outage issues, and the fact that many of our Morris County residents still remain without power.
At the time of this communication, 14,183 JCP&L customers in Morris County remain without power (down from 22,404 on Monday). County OEM officials spoke with members of the JCP&L team earlier this morning, and it does not appear that we will see a total resolution prior to the arrival of this next storm.
The current total restoration time estimate provided by the JCP&L team is Thursday, March 8th at 11:30PM, however, we expect this estimate will likely change depending on the magnitude of the incoming storm.
With each forecast update, we have increased confidence that we will be dealing with a major storm, with potential snowfall totals significantly increasing.
We have reviewed models predicting approximately one-foot of snow, with increased totals of up to 20-inches in higher elevation areas. We also have reviewed other models showing snowfall totals between 7-to-10 inches, with a worst case scenario of 10 to 15 inches. At the height of the storm, we anticipate seeing snowfall rates of one-to-three inches per hour.
Due to the heavy and wet nature of the snow, trees and power lines will again be at a higher risk to come down, especially those that suffered damage from the last storm. Although the winds will not be as significant as the last storm, we anticipate seeing gusts between 25 to 35 mph.
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