Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced that the City of Newark has joined the State of New Jersey and Essex County in declaring emergency status as a result of today’s snowstorm with Code Blue activated.
Code Blue is called when temperatures reach 25°F or lower without precipitation or 32°F or lower with precipitation. The City reminds residents that a number of homeless shelters have partnered with the City to provide emergency sheltering, including Code Blue sheltering. For a list of participating shelters, please click here.
Today’s forecast calls for snow, with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches possible. When shoveling snow, please keep it off fire hydrants and out of streets for the safety of motorists and emergency vehicles.
Tonight, snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected, followed by all rain after midnight. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than one inch is possible. A 30 percent chance of rain is predicted for Thursday, before 7 a.m. Temperatures are expected to rise to near 50 degrees.
Flooding is also expected. Drivers are discouraged from traveling through any streets that are flooded, have high water or are believed to be flooded. Click here for a list of streets that can experience flooding.
Residents are asked to observe signs reflecting the city’s “No Parking on Snow Covered Roadways” ordinance, which will be enforced. Residents may park in public school parking lots during today’s snow emergency.
For all non-emergency weather-related matters, please contact the Department of Public Safety at: (973) 733-6000. For weather updates, stay tuned to Government Access Channel 78 on Altice/Cablevision or Channel 28 on Fios or visit the City’s social media pages.
To report no heat or hot water in your apartment, call the Division of Code Enforcement at (973) 733-6471. For fire safety, please utilize flashlights, instead of candles, should you lose electricity due to this weather event.
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