SITUATION REPORT # 3 (Highlights)
NEW JERSEY STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
February 9, 2013, 0800 hours
Severe Winter Storm
A. CURRENT SYNOPSIS:
The NJROIC and NJOEM are monitoring a severe winter storm event in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS). The NJROIC operational level elevated to a Level 2 at 0700 hours as of February 8, 2013. NJOEM personnel are staffing the SEOC and will monitor the event, prepare situation reports and address any resource requests to the State, County, Local and allied agencies throughout the event. Updates will follow as needed. NJOEM personnel will staff the SEOC as long as conditions dictate.
North Region Summary:
Total snow accumulation for the North Region Counties is anywhere between 6 – 18 inches for this event. At this time, there are no reported significant traffic delays. Travel on the major roadways at this time is minimal. County/Municipal DPW crews have been working throughout the evening and continue plowing and salting operations on all major/local roadways.
Essex and Middlesex Counties: Essex County OEM still has the snow emergency declared. Intermittent light snow continues to fall in both Middlesex and Essex Counties. Approximately 6 to 10 inches of snow has fallen in Essex County and 4 to 6 inches has fallen in Middlesex County. Roads are still very difficult for commuting. Present temperatures are at 31 degrees. These conditions are expected to persist until 1300 hours.
Hunterdon and Union Counties: Approximately 8 to 12 inches of fallen snow.
Secondary and tertiary roads remain snow covered. Temperatures are high in the 20’s. Union County deactivated their EOC at 2300 hours Friday evening. Union County has between 1 – 500 power outages with PSE&G, Hunterdon County only has 1 – 50 outages with JCP&L.
Sussex and Warren Counties: Between 8 and 12 inches of snow reported. Secondary and tertiary roads have not all been plowed so drivers should exercise extreme caution or avoid travel if possible until later in the day. JCP&L is reporting less than 500 customers out of power. Sussex County deactivated their EOC at 0600 hours.
Morris and Somerset Counties: Between 8 to 12 inches of snow has fallen over the area. Secondary and tertiary roads have not been plowed so drivers should avoid travel at this time until later in the day. PSE&G is reporting less than 500 customers are without power. Morris County EOC deactivated 0400 hours.
Bergen and Passaic Counties: Between 8-12 inches of snow has fallen over the area. Secondary and tertiary roads are still snow covered drivers should use caution if travelling. PSE&G is reporting less than 500 customers without power. Bergen County EOC remains activated.
Hudson County: Between 8 – 12 inches of snow has fallen over the area. PSE&G reporting 1 – 500 customers are without power, specifically in Guttenberg Twp. The County EOC is closing at 0900 hours. Local EOCs are still activated in Hoboken, Kearny, Jersey City, Guttenberg, Secaucus and Bayonne. Union City EOC is closing at 0730 hours. Some municipalities have issued a Snow Emergency Declaration for snow plowing operations but no State Of Emergency has been declared. The Jose Marti School, 1800 Summit Avenue, Union City, was opened for a shelter with no occupancy. This shelter is closing at 0730 hours. Hudson County Regional Health Commission/Medical Reserve Corps on standby for any shelter support needed.
EOC Activations: Essex, Bergen and Hudson Counties EOCs are activated.
Power Outages: There are no significant power outages.
Evacuations/Shelters: There are no evacuations or shelters opened at this time.
Resource Requests: There are no resource requests.
Events of Significance: There are no events of significance.
State of Emergency: Mt. Olive Township (Morris County)
South Region Summary:
At this time, the South Region is experiencing snow flurries with temperatures below freezing. Primary roads are clear and wet but some secondary roads are snow covered. The South Region received anywhere from 4 inches of snow in the Northern Counties to only a coating in the Southern Counties. Moderate coastal flooding and beach erosion has occurred. There are no issues or concerns reported from any County Emergency Management at this time.
EOC Activations: There are no EOCs activated at this time.
Power Outages: There are no significant outages in the South Region.
Evacuations/Shelters: There are no mandatory evacuations. Atlantic City planned on opening Boardwalk Hall as a shelter but rescinded the decision at 2000 hours last evening when they determined the storm to be not a significant event.
NJDOT, NJDEP, NJDHS and DMAVA are currently staffing the SEOC and will be monitoring the event as it unfolds.
· NJDOT is currently staffing the SEOC and will be monitoring the event. All (3) NJDOT Regional Operation Centers (REOC) are activated. North and South Region NJDOT crews and private contractors have been deployed and are conducting salt spreading/snow plowing operations.
· Bergen County OEM activated their EOC as of 0630 hours.
· Essex County OEM activated their EOC as of 0700 hours.
· Hudson County OEM is de-activating their EOC as of 0900 hours
NJ Transit reports all bus service in Mercer County and along the Route 9 corridor will be restored to services at 0700 hours. The remainder of central and northern New Jersey bus service north of I-195 will be restored as of 0800 hours. This includes all routes that serve Port Authority Bus Terminal and George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, as well as all northern local bus routes.
NJ Transit’s Morris & Essex Lines, Montclair-Boonton Lines and all Midtown Direct services remain temporarily suspended while crews continue a full assessment of the system this morning. Once engineers determine that rail service can safely resume, crews will immediately begin the service restoration process. It normally takes at least 12 hours to restore rail service following service suspensions; however steps have already been taken to expedite service restoration following the completion of inspections and any necessary repairs.
Access Link Paratransit service cancelled from Northern Ocean County to Bergen County.
Newark Airport has reopened as of 0815 hours.
The speed limit for the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway has been reduced to 35 mph.
· Today: A chance of snow, mainly before 0900 hours. Cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 35 degrees. Breezy, with a northwest wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
· Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 12 degrees. Northwest wind 6 to 15 mph.
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a coastal flood advisory which is in effect until 1100 hours this morning along coastal areas of New Jersey and Delaware Bay. Minor tidal flooding is expected around the time of high tide this morning. Mostly roadside flooding is expected around the time of high tide. Wave heights off the coasts of New Jersey and Delaware will remain between 8 and to 12 feet this morning.
The coastal flood warning has been cancelled.