BY TOM HESTER SR.
Hang in there, New Jersey. Baseball spring training is no more than four weeks away.
There is one immediate problem, however, that we’ve got to endure and clear away.
The state is in the path of a storm that is expected to dump up to 8 inches of snow beginning late Friday or early Saturday and continuing until the afternoon. It could be the first serious snow to sweep the state since the freak “Halloween” snowstorm of Oct. 29.
Bergen, Morris, Warren, and Sussex counties may receive 4 to 8 inches. Central Jersey may receive 2 to 5 inches, and Cape May, Atlantic and southern Burlington County may receive 1 to 3 inches.
Meteorologists say that amid the storm, warm air could push into New Jersey causing the snow to change to sleet, freezing rain or rain before it snow before the foul weather passes.
The state Office of Emergency Management announced Friday that in coordination with the National Weather Service, it will be monitoring the storm. State emergency management officials anticipate snow, sleet and freezing rain statewide, with the most significant impacts in the north and northwest counties.
In preparation for the storm, Col. Rick Fuentes, State Police superintendent, and director of the Office of Emergency Management, is encouraging New Jerseyans to prepare their homes and vehicles, and learn about how to safely manage the winter season’s challenging conditions.
“By proactively preparing your home and car for winter weather, you are helping to protect yourself and your family from the impacts that we sometimes encounter,” Fuentes said. “Some of the impacts of winter storms are power outages and dangerous travel conditions. We are especially focused on winter driving safety.”
Here are ways to monitor the storm:
National Weather Service -
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Winter Weather Page
Office of the NJ State Climatologist, Rutgers -
American Red Cross -
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management on Twitter:
New Jersey State Police on Twitter:
NJ Alert - NJ Alert is a free, voluntary and confidential emergency alerting system that allows NJ Office of Emergency Management officials to send E-mail or text messages to cell phones and other email enabled devices during an emergency event. Sign up for NJ Alert by logging on to: www.njalert.gov.
NOAA Weather Radio- is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service Office. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NOAA Weather Radios are typically inexpensive, easily available in stores and can often be programmed for your specific area.