Winter Storm Warning: Pax
● By Rebecca K. Abma
UPDATE 7am Feb. 14:
Another snow day for Midland Park! Snowfall totals for the Northwest Bergen area, as reported by the National Weather Service are as follows:
- Oakland: 15.5” as of 7am Friday
- Ridgewood: 14.8” as of 7am Friday
- Franklin Lakes: 14.0" as of 1pm Thursday
Glen Rock: 13.5" as of 1pm Thursday
- Ramsey: 13.0" as of 1pm Thursday
- Allendale: 12.1" as of 12:20pm Thursday
- Mahwah: 10.0" as of 1:15pm Thursday
- Wyckoff: 9.5" as of 4pm Thursday
More snow is expected over the weekend. Here's a look at the forecast:
Friday Night: A slight chance of snow after 3am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 25. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday: Snow likely, mainly between 9am and noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Light north wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. Northwest wind 13 to 15 mph.
Sunday A slight chance of snow after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 26. Northwest wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 6.
Washington's Birthday Increasing clouds, with a high near 31.
Monday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Tuesday A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
UPDATE 5:30pm Feb. 13:
The light freezing rain will turn to sleet and snow this evening, bringing an additional 4 to 9 inches overnight, the National Weather Service reports. Heavy snowfall rates will drop up to 1 to 3 inches per hour at times, with Northern winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts up to 35 mph through out the night. Thunder rumbles may occur as well.
The heavy, wet snow may bring down power lines. PSE&G is reporting servicing 182 customers today, the nearest in Waldwick. To report a power outage or downed power line, call 800-463-7734 (800-463-PSEG).
At this time Midland Park Schools are scheduled for a delayed opening. Schools begin at 10am. AM Kindergarten will be held from 10am to 11:50am and AM PreK will be 10am to noon. PM Kindergarten is 12:50pm to 2:50pm and PM PreK will be 12:45pm to 2:45pm.
UPDATE 10am Feb. 13:
Travel will remain hazardous for the rest of the morning, and heavy snow bands will drop up to 4 inches of snow per hour. In addition, wind gusts of 30 to 40mph are expected, resulting in near zero visiblilty. Do not get on the roads unless absolutely necessary!
On a more pleasant note: the teachers at Highland School recorded an important (and amusing) message. Check it out!
UPDATE 8am Feb. 13:
Bands of heavy snow will be traveling through our area for the next few hours, with the potential to drop 2 to 3 inches an hour. Motorists should use extreme caution.
UPDATE 7:30pm Feb. 12:
Midland Park Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 13. A delayed opening is planned for Friday, Feb. 14.
UPDATE 4pm Feb. 12:
Garbage collection has been moved from Thursday to Friday morning due to the impending storm. Recycling will be collected on Saturday instead of Friday.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from midnight Wednesday night through 6 am Friday morning. Snow accumulation of 10 to 14 inches is expected for the Northwest Bergen area. The Weather Channel has named this storm Pax.
Snow will develop late Wednesday night into Thursday, tapering off late Thursday night. Sleet may mix with snow Thursday.
Snowfall will make travel treacherous. Heavy, wet snow could down trees, limbs and power lines. Weak, flat roof structures are also susceptible to collapse.
Pax has already brought significant ice in the south, from northern Mississippi to northern Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina on Tuesday and it is traveling up the eastern states on Wednesday. The wet snow and ice has the potential to knock out power to millions of residents.
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 lines. www.pseg.com
Midland Park CERT: Email CERTMP@yahoo.com 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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