Madison Awaits State Plows to Clear Route 124
Residents asked to stay off streets as borough crews work through the night. Police ordered to tow abandoned cars as New Jersey gets socked by blizzard.
Madison's snowplows were expected to work through the night Sunday into Monday as the December nor'easter continued to roar through New Jersey with howling winds and heavy snow.
"We've had 16 trucks out since 12:30 p.m. salting, then we brought them in, hooked up the plows, and had them clearing streets since 5:30-6 o'clock," said David Maines, superintendent of the Department of Public Works, who was finishing an exhausting day on the streets of Madison.
"It's miserable out there and it's going to be miserable tonight and tomorrow," Maines said. "All we ask is that people stay off the roads so we can get our work done."
As of 7 p.m. Sunday Route 124 had yet to be plowed. The state is responsible for clearing the road. "That's my next call, to see where the state crew is," Maines said.
Madison police said they had handled no unusual emergency situations, according to an officer who answered the phone at headquarters.
"Things are getting messed up out there," said firefighter Brian Alan at about 4:30 p.m. He said the Fire Department was busy putting chains on its vehicles as the snow continued to come down.
The borough also was deploying personnel to clear municipal sidewalks, parking lots and other critical areas.
The season's first snowstorm is producing blizzard-like conditions Sunday throughout much of New Jersey with heavy snow, limited visibility and strong winds.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning early Sunday and expects severe weather conditions to last through Monday at 1 p.m.
The storm is expected to dump between 12 and 18 inches of snow across the state.
Northerly winds will increase to 20 to 30 miles per hour and gust to more than 40 miles per hour at times, according to the National Weather Service.
Visibility will be reduced to one-quarter mile due to blowing and drifting snow, making traveling hazardous at times, according to the National Weather Service.
The Police Departmemt released a Nixle notification Sunday morning, informing residents to call 911 in an emergency and to report down power lines or electrical outages during the storm. For non-emergencies, call the department's main number at 973-593-3000.The police also said that due to the storm, overnight parking on borough streets will not be permitted Sunday night.
The Morris County Office of Emergency Management said that state, county and municipal police have been ordered to tow abandoned or disabled vehicles on all state roadways until noon on Dec. 27.
Air carriers have cancelled hundreds of flights, including those out of Newark Liberty International Airport, ahead of the storm. Airlines are are also waiving charges for one-time changes in flight plans, so call your carrier if you plan to travel Sunday.
Check back with Patch for updates throughout the storm.