Police Chief Frank Papapietro said preparations are being made throughout the borough in anticipation of the impending winter storm predicted to hit Bergen County shortly after midnight Friday and continue through Saturday afternoon, causing blizzard conditions.
According to the National Weather Service, 6-12 inches of snow is predicted to fall, along with accompanying sleet and freezing rain. Visibility could be limited to several hundred feet due to heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain. Driving conditions may be "dangerous."
The Bergen County Office of Emergency Management issued a weather advisory warning stating that current predictions call for light snowfall to begin after midnight Friday and continue throughout the day and evening.
Accumulations are expected to be 1-2 inches by daybreak Friday before transitioning to rain around noon. Rain is expected to turn back to heavy snow Friday afternoon through the evening, creating potential icing conditions during the evening commute as temperatures fall.
Winds are expected to be in the 25-35 mph range with gusts near 50 mph Friday afternoon into evening.
Papapietro advises residents to avoid unnecessary driving during the storm. "If the storm hits as the National Weather Service is predicting, the roads will be extremely hazardous." Papapietro said.