Nor’easter Impacts Maplewood: Plowing Contintues

Caren Lissner

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – A “major" nor'easter hit the Maplewood area on Wednesday starting around 4 p.m. Forecasts called for as much as a foot to fall overnight.

The town said because of cold temperatures, a warming station might open at the DeHart Community Center at 120 Burnett Ave. Patch will update the information here once it is open. The town said that as of Thursday, they had not yet decided to open it.

The township also made these announcements and issued safety guidelines Wednesday:

  • WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM WEDNESDAY TO 1 PM EST THURSDAY. Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 12 to 16 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph.

  • The Maplewood PD’s emergency phone number is 973-762-1234.

  • There is no overnight parking on snow covered streets, and we ask residents to move their vehicles as to not impede snow removal operations throughout the storm.

  • Township Facilties including the library will close at 12 p.m. Wednesday

  • Due to anticipated highwinds the BLM banner on Springfield ave will be removed until the storm passes.

  • From the Maplewood Fire Department: Winter storms can ofteTn hide fire hydrants under a mountain of snow making them impossible to find quickly. The Maplewood Fire Department would like to remind residents to please “Adopt-a-Hydrant” and shovel in front of and around the fire hydrant closest to your home so that firefighters can see and access it.

The town also gave safety tips and information about Public Service Electric and Gas. Read the full message here.

Of note:

  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline-powered generators in a garage or any other enclosed space.

  • If you are on life-sustaining medical equipment, ensure that you alert PSE&G in advance and notify your local police and fire departments. For more information, visit

  • PSEG Customer Service 1-800-436-PSEG.

  • Go to to sign up to report outages online and to check restoration progress. Go to to check the “Outage Map,” which is updated every 15 minutes with PSE&G outage information.

Here were the expected snow totals statewide:

State officials said they have more than 400 pieces of road equipment available to make the roads safe, even though fewer people are taking to the roads because of the coronavirus outbreak. Read more: Gov. Murphy Declares State Of Emergency For NJ Nor'easter Snow

AccuWeather was saying the system could be the "most significant winter storm in several years," one that could potentially become highly impactful and disruptive as the first round of coronavirus vaccines continue to be shipped around the country.

AccuWeather warned of major disruptions to travel and even travel shutdowns, as well as shipping delays, school closings and power outages from this "blockbuster storm," – even though a number of New Jersey school districts have said they'll opt to go remote instead of closing.

This was the forecast statewide:

  • Wednesday night: Snow or rain before 1 a.m., then snow and sleet between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., then snow after 2 a.m. The snow, rain and sleet could be heavy at times. Low around 27. Blustery, with a northeast wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45-55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

  • Thursday: Snow or rain likely, mainly before 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 to 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

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This article originally appeared on the Maplewood Patch