Traffic, power, closings: Keep updated in NJ nor’easter
The bad news: We're in store for a serious snowstorm this week, and it's likely going to imperil traffic, transit and power. Schools could be closed, and other businesses or facilities may have to shut down as the snow slams us.
It'll be particularly nasty for commutes. So far, meteorologist Dan Zarrow is predicting the first flakes Tuesday evening, with serious snow on Wednesday and the storm continuing into Thursday. This could be a mess.
The good news: We're here to help you through it, with instant alerts on our app, on NJ1015.com and on social media.
Here's what you'll need to know all day long:
SEND US YOUR SNOW PICS: Shoot them over via the NJ 101.5 app for Android or iOS, and we may use them on NJ1015.com. Open the menu on the left and hit "Submit Photo/Video."
SCHOOL AND OTHER CLOSINGS: Announcements are updated in real-time at NJ1015.com/closings. Are you a school official or the point person for an organization? You can register your district at the link as well.
WEATHER: Keep an eye on Dan Zarrow's blog. Unlike some weather forecasters, Dan's not about to hype news he's not sure of. He'll tell you what he knows, what he does't, and why — there's no better way to keep on top of the storm as it develops.
TRAFFIC AND ROADS: Visit NJ1015.com/traffic for current alerts, and download the New Jersey 101.5 app to get notifications as traffic issues pop up. The New Jersey Department of Transportation issues alerts through 511nj.org.
ON THE RADIO, OUR APP & ALEXA: Listen to New Jersey 101.5 anytime on air, online or on your phone by downloading the New Jersey 101.5 app. (In addition to weather and news updates, we'll be playing music all weekend). We're also on Amazon Alexa, both as a 24/7 stream and as Flash Briefings updated several times every day.
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POWER: PSE&G customers: See PSE&G's power map for outages and report downed trees, gas leaks, other emergencies or outages to 800-436-PSEG. JCP&L customers: See JCP&L's map for outages. Call in issues to 888-LIGHTSS or report your outage online. Atlantic City Electric customers: See Atlantic City Electric's map or call 800-833-7476 for any issues.
COMMUNITY ALERTS: Many New Jersey towns use the Nixle system to send alerts. Many others use Everbridge. Check those services and your municipal website, for more information. Several municipalities, schools and police departments also post frequently to their own Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.
USING A GENERATOR? Here's how to keep safe. Carbon monoxide poisoning caused five New Jersey deaths in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy — we don't want to be reporting on any after this storm.
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