Feel the thunder? Storm rolls into Hudson County with a bang

Hudson County residents woke up to just a little bit of rain and wind, but the brunt of Wednesdays storm is beginning to settle in. 

Just after noon, heavy snow began to fall and made for slippery driving conditions with snow quickly accumulating on roadways and sidewalks. A spurt of thunder snow also rocked the area and social media users were quick report on what they heard: 

Luke [?] Is Ready For The #NorEaster in #JerseyCity #Snow [?] & #Thunder [?] #WednesdayWisdom #DogLife @AmyFreeze7 @JaniceHuff4ny pic.twitter.com/JxiUlaRKBh

It is here now in Jersey City! I hear snow thunder too. Oh my, I have my food I bought from Trader Joes, oops I have to get a bottle of wine. gotta run before store closes! Mike you always forecast so well.

The National Weather estimates anywhere from 9 to 14 inches of snow will fall in Hudson County. Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency that took effect Tuesday after 8 p.m. 

Municipalities across the county are reminding residents not to park along snow routes. Jersey City officials said more than 60 plows are working to clear roads with 5,000 tons of salt. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the area with a forecast for 12 to 14 inches of snow and wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour.

Hudson County could receive up to a foot of snow as the East Coast braces for yet another noreaster just five days after a similar storm pounded the Atlantic seaboard.

In Jersey City, rain showers last night were expected to give way to snow in the morning and throughout the day today. Preparations were underway as the citys Office of Emergency Management and Public Works Department are readying 5,000 tons of salt and more than 60 pieces of equipment for snow removal.

“Our crews and our streets are prepared for this storm,” Mayor Steve Fulop said in a statement yesterday. “We have treated our streets with brine to prevent freezing, and will have more than 60 plows, salt spreaders, and trucks on the road when the storm begins tonight.”

The Jersey City OEM Command Center will be operational throughout the storm, as will the DPW Snow Command Center.

Meanwhile, the citys two senior centers — the Maureen Collier Center on Bergen and Ege Avenue and the Joseph Connors Center on Paterson Street — will both be closed today. Meals on Wheels will also not be delivering, but were making necessary stops yesterday to prepare.

Residents are reminded to not park within 25 feet of an intersection and to not double park. All vehicles parked within 25 feet of an intersection may be ticketed or towed. If possible, residents are asked to not park on main thoroughfares, so that DPW can remove snow from curb-to-curb.

Street sweeping and alternate side parking regulations have been suspended for today.

All Hudson County offices, except those that provide essential services, will be closed today.

NJ Transit announced yesterday that cross-honoring will be in effect today for bus and private carriers, and rail and light rail services. It is not anticipated that there will be cross-honoring on PATH or NY Waterway ferries.

In Hoboken, city officials are reminding residents that parking is prohibited on designated snow emergency routes when streets are snow covered or when a snow emergency is declared.

Both sides of Washington Street; both sides of Observer Highway between Henderson and Hudson streets; the west side of Willow Avenue between Observer Highway to 11th Street; the north side of Third Street between Jackson to River streets; the south side of Fourth Street between River and Jackson streets; the south side of Fifth Street between Clinton and River streets; the north side of Ninth Street between Clinton and River streets; the north side of 13th Street between Washington and Madison streets; and the south side of 13th Street between Washington and Hudson streets.

Street cleaning enforcement is suspended for today and is scheduled to resume tomorrow.

The city is also providing reduced rate $5 per day parking in municipal Garage B at the corner of Second and Hudson streets and Garage D at 215 Hudson St. for residents with a valid resident parking permit or temporary parking permit placard beginning tonight at 8 p.m. through 8 p.m. today.

In North Bergen, the townships Department of Public Works is prepared to hit the streets with 14 pieces of heavy equipment and 4,000 tons of salt in reserve.

North Bergens Department of Public Works was preparing to hit the streets yesterday in advance of the storm to prep the pavement and make clearing the streets easier, with 14 pieces of heavy equipment and 4,000 tons of salt in reserve.

“We are closely monitoring the weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow,” Mayor Nick Sacco said in a statement. “If the predictions hold and our area gets hit by the storm, our Department of Public Works will be ready to clear the roads and make them safe for our residents.”

Street sweeping, as well as residential and meter parking enforcement, will be suspended today and will remain suspended until further notice. All appointments for bulk and metal garbage pickups have been canceled through Friday and will resume Monday.

For emergencies during the storm, call 911. The DPW will be available 24/7 at 201-392-2128.

In Bayonne, the citys warming center at the Fire House Recreation Center (597 Broadway) will remain open until this morning at 7:30 a.m. The center will reopen at 4:30 p.m. and remain open until 7:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Municipalities throughout Hudson County are advising residents to avoid unnecessary driving and to park close to curbs to allow plows to pass.

Meanwhile, he Hudson County Warming Center in Kearny will continue to provide overnight shelter for the homeless until tomorrow morning. The homeless will be picked up at two separate locations — the Hoboken Terminal at 8:15 p.m. and the Sip Avenue taxi stand in Journal Square at 9:45 p.m. — and provided with food, showers, and shelter at the facility.

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