Jersey City Prepares for Winter Storm Niko

JCI file photo Dan Levin, © Harmony Media, NJ

Note: Updates added in red. Last updated 1:30 am, Feb. 9.

According to the National Weather Center a Winter Storm Warning remains in affect for our area from midnight tonight through 6 pm tomorrow. Winter Storm Niko is expected to bring heavy snow with many areas seeing 6-12 inches of snow. During this quick-hitting storm, snowfall rates will be falling one inch per hour at times. Temperatures are expected to fall into the 20s, with winds expected to reach 15-25 mph and gusts up to 35 mph.

Mayor Steven Fulop and the Office of Emergency Management, in coordination with the Department of Public Works, are preparing for a significant winter storm that may bring up to a foot of snow to the area with an aggressive snow removal plan, with 64 crews deploying in the overnight and throughout the duration of the storm.

“We have crews coming in early and will have more than 60 salt spreaders and plows and 4,000 tons of salt so we can clear the roadways quickly and efficiently,” said Mayor Fulop. “We are also asking that residents who do not need to drive to please stay off the roads and also avoid parking at corners or double parking, as this greatly slows down snow removal operations.”

The Jersey City OEM Command Center will be operational overnight and throughout the storm, as will the DPW Snow Command Center. OEM and DPW officials will be closely monitoring and tracking the storm to best coordinate snow-removal operations.

Beginning in the early hours of the morning on February 9, around 3 am, DPW will have 64 pieces of equipment – plows and spreaders – working the storm as part of their snow removal operations across the city. The city has more than 4,000 tons of salt available, and in addition to the salt storage site on Linden Avenue at the DPW compound, has two additional storage sites, including one added last year that can service the Heights and parts of downtown.

Street sweeping and alternate side parking regulations have been suspended for Thursday, February 9, however, garage pickup for tonight and tomorrow remain on schedule.

Update: Non-essential Jersey City municipal offices are closed have a delayed opening of 11 am today due to the storm. All Jersey City Municipal Court matters are cancelled today, this includes the 9 am, 1pm and 4:30 pm sessions. New court dates will be sent.

Update: All state offices will be closed on Thursday, February 9, for all non-essential employees. And all New Jersey state courts and court offices will be closed today.

Jersey City Public Schools announced schools will be closed, Thursday, February 9. And all Jersey City recreation programming for tomorrow, February 9, is canceled.

Saint Peter’s University announced that their campuses will be closed and all classes are canceled for Thursday, February 9.

Update: Saint Peter’s Prep announced that it will be closed Thursday, February 9.

Update: Hudson County Community College announced it will be closed and all classes are canceled for Thursday, February 9.

Update: NJCU locations in Jersey City will be closed on Thursday, February 9, until 4:00 p.m. All programs and activities are canceled for the day. Evening classes starting at 4:00 pm, will be held weather permitting have been canceled.

Update: Due to the heavy snow Citi Bike will temporarily close their system. Check their website for updates.

Update: All Jersey City Public Library locations are closed. For updates check the JCFPL website.

The City’s Congregate lunch sites for seniors will be closed February 9, however, Meals on Wheels will be delivering, although may be delayed due to the weather.

Update: The City’s two senior centers – The Maureen Collier Center and the Joseph Connors Center which were previously to be opened as warming centers, are closed. Anyone seeking a warming center, particularly for the homeless, should contact the Kearny Warming Center at 973-344-6852. The Hudson County Homeless Hotline is 1-800-624-0287. The City’s two senior centers – The Maureen Collier Center on Bergen and Ege Avenues and the Joseph Connors Center on Paterson Street – will both be open tomorrow from 9 am to 5 pm as warming centers as needed.

Residents are reminded not to park within 25 feet of an intersection and to not double park. Doing so only hampers the efforts of crews plowing and salting streets. All vehicles parked within 25 feet of an intersection may be ticketed or towed. If possible, residents are asked to not park on main thoroughfares, so that DPW can remove snow from curb-to-curb.

Be a good neighbor and shovel your walk in front of your home or business (plus it’s the law), residents are reminded to NOT shovel snow into the street. And it’s always a good idea to check on neighbors and friends, especially seniors or those living on their own, if they need assistance. Want to help during the storm? Sign up for JC Shovels and help low income seniors and residents with disabilities dig out.

If you haven’t already be sure to sign up to receive emergency alerts and updates from the citywide alert system Swift911 Portal and you can also sign up to receive email messages & notifications from the City on their website.

For additional updates check the Jersey City government website or follow the city on social media at @JC_Gov.

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Stay safe JC!

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Catherine Hecht

is the owner of Harmony Media, NJ, the publisher of Jersey City Independent and blogs about urban gardening at dig a path. She's lived in Jersey City since 1999 and resides in the Heights section with her wife Beth Achenbach, they were the first couple to file as legal domestic partners in Jersey City. Cat has over 10 years experience in communications, marketing and publishing, she's studied anthropology, art history, woman & gender studies, botany, ethnobotany, and herbology and she is a graduate of the Rising Tide Capital Community Business Academy. She is also is a community activist, registered voter, gay rights activist, art lover, gardener, environmentalist, and an animal advocate.