Whether the predicted winter storm arrives with rain, sleet, ice, snow, wind or a combination of all of the above, officials in Mendham and Chester are busy preparing for the winter weather and are urging residents to do the same.
"The Mendham Office of Emergency Management is continuing to monitor the approaching storm. The latest forecast data which has been provided to us suggests that the snow will begin after midnight tonight. It is anticipated that any snow this evening into early tomorrow morning will be scattered and light," said Mendham Township Deputy OEM Coordinator Nick Witczak said. "We are gearing up for additional snow, sleet and ice accumulations which will become steadier and heavier towards Friday evening as the colder air moves in, resulting in the bulk of the anticipated snow accumulations."
Witczak said forecasts suggest that this will be a long duration and intense storm which will likely last over a 24 hour time frame. Witczak also said to check back via social media and the Everbridge instant alerts for updates.
Chester residents have reported seeing local Department of Public Works trucks out on the road preparing for the storm and both Chester Township and Chester Borough Police urged residents caution if they need to travel during the storm.
Mendham Borough Department of Public Works Superintendent Ken O'Brien said his crew was prepared, but not overly concerned about the impending storm.
"Mendham Borough Public Works is prepared for the up coming storm. I expect it to be a run of the mill type storm. We have pretreated all roads with salt paste and this will allow for better travel Friday morning," O'Brien said. "As the snow starts we will have a crew in working and as the intensity picks up we will bring all manpower in to start plowing routs."
O'Brien said the forecast models he was watching show the snow to be ending by Saturday morning. O'Brien also asked that residents and contractors not places now on the roads from sidewalks and driveways.
O'Brien was also quick to say that the storm will bring some positives to the region.
"Saturday will be a good sleigh riding day," O'Brien said.