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Winter Storm Warning: Nika

02/04/2014 01:36PM ● By Rebecca K. Abma
UPDATE, Wednesday 7am:
The freezing rain and ice covering the region is expected to turn to rain later this afternoon.

This morning, NJ Transit is experiencing delays of up to an hour on bus and train routes. PSE&G is reporting more than 15,000 customers without power this morning, mostly in Central New Jersey, however, a few outages are being reported in Ridgewood. 

The utility company has all available workers on hand to deal with any weather-related outages. Accumulation of ice and heavy snow may weigh down power lines and as a result cause power lines to come down. Downed wires may appear dead but should always be considered “live.”  Stay away from downed lines. To report a downed wire, call 1-800-436-PSEG and tell PSE&G the nearest cross street.

PSE&G also reminds drivers to slow down and stay alert when driving around working utility trucks.

UPDATE, Tuesday 10pm: 

Midland Park School officials called a snow day for Wednesday, Feb. 5. in advance of the storm. 

Gov. Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to continue coordinating the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies, and closing all state offices for non-essential employees on Wednesday. 

The National Weather Service has issued another Winter Storm Warning for Midnight Tuesday through 6pm Wednesday. The Weather Channel has named this storm Nika.  

The storm, which is bringing snow from the Rocky Mountains to Maine, is expected start in Midland Park area Tuesday night through Wednesday morning with accumulation of 4 to 8 inches before changing to sleet and rain later in the day.

In advance of the storm, Midland Park schools have cancelled zero period at the high school and the  Highland School Morning Band class for Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

Another storm may be coming on the heels of Nika, with rumors of up to three feet of snow hitting the Midland Park are on Sunday. Presently, NWS is offering a 50% chance of precipitation for Sunday. The Weather Channel notes that rumors of the super storm are grossly exaggerated, because predictions greater than 48 hours in advance may not be reliable. (So much for their 10-day forecasts then.)

"Peak impacts in the East from this potential storm are, for now, targeting Sunday, and may linger into the following Monday. Again, how much of an impact this storm will have on the East is highly uncertain and depends on the eventual track of the storm," The Weather Channel states. 

Here's a look at the National Weather Service forecast: 

  • Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Calm wind.
  • Tuesday Night: Snow, mainly after midnight. Low around 26. Calm wind becoming northeast 5 to 7 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
  • Wednesday: Snow, freezing rain, and sleet before noon, then freezing rain and sleet likely between noon and 3pm, then a chance of snow and freezing rain after 3pm. High near 31. Northeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of around a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
  • Wednesday Night: A slight chance of snow before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Northwest wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 29. West wind 7 to 9 mph.
  • Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 12.
  • Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 31.
  • Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.
  • Saturday: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.
  • Sunday: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
  • Sunday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
  • Monday: A chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 28. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Emergency Contact Information

Post these numbers some place handy in your home: 

PSEG: Call 800-463-7734 (800-463-PSEG) to report a power outage or downed power

Midland Park CERT: Email or call 201-444-2300 if you need shelter information. 

Fire & EMS: In the event of a fire or medical emergency dial 9-1-1

Midland Park Public Schools Closing Hotline: 201-444-7400 ext. 611. To be notified of school closings by text message, Text MPEPTA to 63784 (standard text message rates apply). 

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