The South Brunswick Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management continue to monitor the weather reports for the approaching snowstorm. The total snowfall amounts predicted from the storm for our area have increased to between 8 to 12 inches. The National Weather Service has issued both a Winter Storm Warning and a Wind Chill Advisory starting at 10 a.m. today.

All schools in the Township have announced early dismissals for today. This includes South Brunswick School District, St. Augustine’s of Canterbury School, and Noor-Ul-Iman School.

Travel this evening will be hazardous as snowfall amounts are expected to be one inch an hour. The snowfall will be blowing and drifting. Temperatures will drop all day with wind chills as low as 10 below zero.

FORECAST

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO WEDNESDAY MORNING

  • SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…8 TO 12 INCHES
  • TIMING…SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA TOWARD MID TO LATE MORNING…THEN CONTINUE THROUGH THIS EVENING.
  • TEMPERATURES…MAINLY IN THE TEENS TO 20S TODAY, THEN DROPPING TO THE SINGLE DIGITS TONIGHT. WIND CHILL AS LOW AS 10 BELOW ZERO. THESE DANGEROUS VALUES CAN QUICKLY CAUSE FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED SKIN AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA.

RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

To prevent frozen pipes:  

  1. Allow water to trickle from faucets
  1. Keep thermostats set no lower than 65 degrees
  1. Keep base cabinet doors OPEN during extreme conditions  to allow the heat to circulate around pipes
  1. Should pipes freeze, use a blow dryer or other heat source for thawing.  DO NOT USE AN OPEN FLAME DEVICE SUCH AS A BLOW TORCH

What to keep in your car:  blankets, snow scrapers, flares, cat litter or ice melt, first aid kit, jumper cables, flash light, shovel, extra phone charger, Food and Drink: It’s exceptionally rare for anyone to be stranded during a winter blizzard for more than a day. Long-term rations aren’t really necessary, but keeping a few energy bars and a plastic bottle or two of sugary energy drink wouldn’t hurt. Why the latter? The electrolytes and sugars significantly lower the concoction’s freezing point, ensuring you’ll still have liquid when you need it.
(excerpted from Popular Mechanics website)

 

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