EDGEWATER, N.J. – The Edgewater Office of Emergency Management has issued a blizzard warning from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon, with snow beginning after midnight.
Heavy snow with accumulations of 8-12 inches with strong and potentially damaging northeast winds of 25-35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph can be expected. Temperatures will be in the low 30s. Residents with decks and balconies are warned to remove or secure items from the wind. The forecast is not calling for any tidal surges or localized flooding at this time, but that can change as the storm evolves.
All sidewalks, walkways, handicapped ramps and staircases need to be cleared to a width of 42 inches or the maximum width of the sidewalk, walkway, handicapped ramp or staircase within 24 hours after the storm stops. Property owners who have fire hydrants in front of their properties are asked to shovel around the fire hydrant for unimpeded access in the event of a fire.
Do not shovel or throw snow into or onto any street, especially after it has been plowed. After major snow storms, the Edgewater Public Works Department will expedite the removal of snow along streets and roads to allow for parking, and the Edgewater police will post emergency "no parking" signs, as well as attempt to contact vehicle owners before a vehicle is towed.
Residents should be prepared in the event of a power outage with extra blankets and have fresh batteries for flashlights and radios. Be sure to charge electronic devices before the storm begins. As a precaution, residents should have extra food basics and water for themselves and their pets to last for three days.
If you are using mass transit, such as New Jersey Transit or New York Waterway, be sure to check for schedule modifications and cancellations before leaving home. Activities at both the Edgewater Community Center and public library may be canceled, so check the websites frequently for updated information.