What was forecast as a storm with very little accumulation of snow in the town has developed into several inches falling on the ground and the roads being hazardous for drivers.
With efforts still continuing from the cleanup of Hurricane Sandy, the township has ordered all drivers off the road following the declaration of a local state of emergency and a travel ban until 6 a.m. Thursday morning. Howell Township Manager Helene Schlegel made the announcement in a phone message sent to residents."
In an email, Schlegel said the town was working to clear the roads from the storm at a time when they are still cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy. "The township is attempting to address the issues of the latest storm and accompanying snow fall," an email from Township Manager Helene Schlegel said. "We ask residents to please understand and have patience due to the fact that the Township has limited resources available during the current situation."
Schlegel said sources of "outside assistance," that would normally help the township with snow removal "have been dedicated to the areas devastated by last week's storm."
The first snow of the year has brought what Schlegel described "treacherous road conditions including downed trees and power lines." Anyone who experiences a power outage is encouraged to call JCP&L at 1-888-544-4877.