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Over 30 Car Accidents Reported; Schools Closed Wednesday

Snow storm wreaks havoc on local roadways.

7:30 p.m.

With more than 8 inches of snow having fallen in South Brunswick, driving conditions remain hazardous as local, county, and state road crews continue recovery efforts from Tuesday's storm.

South Brunswick Police report over 30 motor vehicle crashes and cars off the roadway since 10 a.m.

As a result of the weather, the South Brunswick School District has cancelled classes for Wednesday. All before and after school programs are also cancelled.

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2 p.m.

Road conditions have been deteriorating rapidly throughout the area as the snow continues to fall. Police are reporting several accidents on side roads.

There have also been car accidents reported on Route 130 in Cranbury.

A full compliment of plows and sand trucks from the South Brunswick Public Works Department are currently treating township roads. 

Weather conditions are expected to become worse over the next several hours, with the heaviest snow anticipated between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.  

South Brunswick Police ask motorists to avoid traveling this afternoon and evening if possible.


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8 p.m.

With accumulation total expectations increased for the storm on Tuesday, police are warning motorists to anticipate difficult driving conditions during the evening commute.

The latest snowfall predictions call for 8 to 12 inches to fall on central New Jersey. The National Weather Service issued both a Winter Storm Warning and a Wind Chill Advisory beginning at 10 a.m.

All South Brunswick schools have issued early dismissals for today, including St. Augustine’s of Canterbury School and the Noor-Ul-Iman School.

The snow is expected to begin late Tuesday morning and will continue through the evening. Temperatures will be down in the high teens and low 20's with a wind chill below zero, which can cause severe frost bite to exposed skin, in addition to hypothermia.

Drivers are urged to use extreme caution while allowing for extra travel time. Motorists should also be aware of black ice, especially on bridges and overpasses.  

Heavy snow, ice and strong winds can also increase the possibility of downed wires leading to power outages. The anticipated cold temperature can also lead to increased calls to PSE&G for customers with insufficient heat. 

To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 800-436-PSEG. Customers with a handheld device can report power outages and view the status of outages by clicking My Account at pseg.com.

General outages are available at www.pseg.com/outagecenter.

Tips for snow emergency kits: 

  • A battery powered radio.
  • A corded telephone. (Cordless phones will not work if the power is out.)
  • Flashlights and extra fresh batteries.
  • A first-aid kit.
  • Bottled water and an adequate supply of non-perishable food.
  • A non-electric can opener.
  • Matches and candles with holders.
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags.
  • A list of emergency phone numbers, including PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG. Call this number to report power outages or downed wires.
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