Update from Mayor Kelly Yaede:
we continue to monitor and mobilize for today’s winter weather event, please
remember to exercise caution and, if possible, refrain from traveling this
evening. With forecasts calling for as
much as a foot of snow accumulation or more through Wednesday morning, possible
wind gusts of up to 40 mph and a wind chill advisory lasting into the late
morning hours of Wednesday, this storm system is severe and should be taken
seriously. Because of the severity of this
storm, we are calling in contractors to assist Township crews in plowing
efforts. However, residents should
prepare that it will take a lengthy time to complete plowing efforts on all
Kelly Yaede, Mayor
Snow Accumulations: As of
Tuesday morning, the latest weather forecasts are calling for between 8 to 14 inches of snow accumulation,
with precipitation beginning this morning and continuing until early tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. Heaviest storm fall is expected from
Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening and begin to diminish in intensity in
the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Plowing Timelines and Zone Order: The
longer that precipitation continues and the higher snow accumulations become
will create a continued need to plow primary township roads and delay secondary
or neighborhood road plowing.
should anticipate that the first areas of secondary or neighborhood roads will
not begin to be plowed until midnight (Tuesday PM / Wednesday AM) and are likely to continue through Friday. Under normal snowfalls, it can take up to 36
hours from the time the plowing of secondary roads begins to complete plowing
operations – however, this storm is
expected to take longer due to the significant amount of snow. Approximately 425 lanes miles of Hamilton’s
625 lane miles of local roads are secondary roads.
The anticipated schedule for
secondary roads zones will be D and E (first), F (second), G (third) and H
(fourth) conducted by Township crews and zones A, B, C by contractors, which
will begin at the same time. Supervisors
will also be inspecting to ensure that the plowing of roads has been completed. This schedule may be subject to change due to emergencies that may arise.
Additionally, salt will be
applied following plowing (this is in addition to the salting of primary roads
that has already taken place this morning).
Residents can find out their
snow plowing zone thorough the Snow Plow Sal feature via our Township website –
To assist in decreasing the amount of time that it will take to complete
plowing operations, residents are asked to remove their automobiles from road
curbsides (off the road).
winds of between 15 mph to 25 mph are expected with the current
winter storm system, with gusts of wind between 35 mph to 40 mph likely
for the afternoon and evening hours.
Temperatures and Wind Chill Advisory: Tuesday
daytime temperatures could start from the twenties and fall to the teens. Single digit temperatures are possible for
Tuesday evening. This severe combination
may cause wind chills of 10 degrees
below zero and has created a Wind
Chill Advisory which will be in effect until late Wednesday morning.
Safety: Prolonged exposure to these severe winter conditions can
quickly cause frostbite to exposed skin and lead to hypothermia. Read more at the following links:
Weather Threats (Includes Information Regarding Wind Chill, Frostbite and
Hypothermia) from NJ Office of Emergency Management - CLICK HERE
Signs for Hypothermia from the National Institute on Aging - CLICK HERE
Safe in the Winter from Weather Channel website - Includes Safety Tips for
Outdoors - CLICK HERE
Preparedness - Safety Outdoors from NJ Office of Emergency Management - CLICK
Your Pets During Cold Weather - CLICK HERE
Travel: Travel will become hazardous
and ill-advised as conditions worsen. In
addition to high snow accumulations, strong winds will likely blow snow and
significantly affect driver visibility.
Closing and Cancellation Notices: While no notices relating to possible
closures have been made for Hamilton Township Municipal Government buildings or
services such as garbage collection, any updates will be posted as soon as possible
determined. As a courtesy to residents,
the Municipal Government will also include information provided by the Public
School District, which is a separate government from the Municipal Government,
once advised. For Tuesday, Hamilton
Public Schools will an early dismissal and all evening activities have been
cancelled. At the time of this notice,
there has not been a decision regarding Wednesday, January 22nd. CLICK
HERE to visit the Hamilton Public School District website.
For further updates,
continue to check the following sites and social media:
Hamilton Township website (www.HamiltonNJ.com)
Hamilton Township’s Facebook
account – CLICK
Hamilton Township’s Twitter
account - @HamiltonTwpNJ