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Winter Storm Warning Issued for Tuesday

Between five and nine inches of snow predicted for Tuesday, with heaviest snowfall during evening rush hour.

Winter storm warning for Jan. 21 calls for snow and high winds. Credit: Getty
Winter storm warning for Jan. 21 calls for snow and high winds. Credit: Getty
The National Weather Service is calling for a winter storm to hit the area on Tuesday with the greatest potential impact to residents during the evening rush hour.

A winter storm warning is in effect from late Tuesday morning through the late evening, with snow showers in the morning changing to a steady accumulating snow later on. According to the NWS, between five and nine inches of snow is possible.

The greater threat from the storm is expected to come from accumulating snow in the evening playing havoc on commuters, with hazardous driving conditions expected later in the day into the evening. Wind is predicted to be between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts of up to 35 mph possible, according to the NWS.

The temperature will be in the low 20's throughout Tuesday.

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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