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Posted Friday, January 18th, 2019

County Road Crews Set to Salt and Clear County Roads

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management continues to focus on the expected weekend storm which is set to arrive Saturday evening. The data that we have reviewed so far suggests that snow is expected to last into Sunday morning, with an expecting a snow/sleet mix and even some occasional rainfall.

Morris County road crews load salt into trucks in preparation for the weekend’s bad weather.

Morris County road crews load salt into trucks in preparation for the weekend’s bad weather.

Snow showers may linger as late as 9-10 a.m. on Sunday, with snow possibly picking back up again Sunday afternoon. Total snowfall amounts are currently expected to be in the 3-inch to 6-inch range.Morris County OEM logo

However, the track of this storm will have a huge impact on snow totals; a more southerly track will allow cooler air to stay in our area and allow for more snowfall, up to 10inches. The opposite is true for a more northerly track, which will allow warmer temperatures in our area and more rain, with significantly less snowfall.

Another issue as this storm exits is the rapidly cooling temperatures, so any wet areas will be susceptible to flash freezes.

Winds are expected to pick up early Sunday morning, with gusts of 30-40 mph possible through much of the day on Sunday. The Morris County Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor this storm and provide updates as necessary.

Morris County government road crews are prepared for the weekend storm, and will be ready with salt and plows to keep all county roads clear and safe. Crews were out on Thursday evening and this morning dealing with the light snow that covered the county. (Municipal and state crews are responsible for most local roads and state highways).

With messy weather of the way, this may be a good time to sign up for the county’s AlertMorris emergency notification system, a countywide network to provide up-to-the-minute emergency messaging to residents throughout Morris County, and which is shared by many of the county’s 39 municipalities.Morris Weekend Storm Preparation: Sign up for Alert Morris

AlertMorris will allow you to get emergency notifications in any manner you choose, including phone, email, text, or social media, so you can stay informed during major storms or other emergencies taking place throughout Morris County.

Each Morris County municipality will have the ability to get the right message to the right user at the right time from any device connected to the internet, and in just a few seconds.                                  

AlertMorris also offers a free Smart911 signup option for county residents, providing a greatly enhanced and potentially lifesaving 9-1-1 emergency call service for anyone who registers for it.

Signing up is simple: Create your profile by visiting the Morris County website:  Just click on the green “Reverse 911 Signup” icon for your town to register through your municipal notification system.

AlertMorris replaces the county’s McUrgent and Everbridge systems, and may in the future replace other notification systems used by some of the county’s municipalities.

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