Winter Storm Warning: Electra
● By Rebecca K. Abma
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for this weekend, with a predicted 6 to 10 inches of snowfall in the Midland Park area. The storm, called Electra by the Weather Channel, is a combination of three fronts joining together in the Northeastern region. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will meet with a snow system in the Great Lakes, which will meet up with another low pressure system coming up the Atlantic coastline.
The winter storm watch is in effect from Saturday morning through late Saturday night. Snow will begin Saturday morning and continue through the day, becoming heavy at times before turning into sleet and freezing rate late Saturday night. Winds gusts up to 25 mph is expected.
Severe Weather NJ reported a Grid Emergency was declared for the PJM Grid, the power grid that serves Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland, due to people cranking up the heat during the cold weather. A grid emergency is declared when the demand for power exceeds the available supply, resulting in outages. PSE&G has not reported any issues or anticipated issues at this time.
In the event of power outages, call PSE&G at 800-463-7734. If you need shelter information, contact Midland Park CERT by CERTMP@yahoo.com or call 201-444-2300.
Here’s a look at the 7-day forecast for Midland Park from NWS:
Friday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable.
Saturday Snow, mainly after 10am. High near 23. Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Saturday Night Snow and freezing rain before 1am, then freezing rain and sleet between 1am and 4am, then freezing rain after 4am. Low around 22. East wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. Northwest wind 11 to 17 mph.
Sunday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 16.
Monday Sunny, with a high near 29.
Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.
Tuesday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.
Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.
Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.