Avoid travel, says Monroe police, as nor’easter continues it push through NJ

Christopher Lang, Correspondent, @topherlang2, Mar 7, 2018 | MonroeNow

Monroe police are urging residents to stay off the roads tonight, as the nor’easter continues to rip through the region.

A spokesperson for the Monroe Township Police Department said officers have responded to several of vehicles off the roads throughout the day.

“As a reminder, if you must travel, use extreme caution” Lt. Lisa Robinson wrote in a statement.

The slick conditions have been problematic throughout the state. The South Brunswick Police Department, tweeted about some motorists using their vehicles to push out stuck drivers on Route 27 near the border with Princeton. The state police also said they’ve been dealing with several incidents. Though New Jersey is under a State of Emergency as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, Governor Murphy’s order did not ban travel.

The snow in this region started around 11:30 a.m., but has, at times, picked up pace leading to dangerous road conditions.

Reports range for snowfall totals in the area, with some projections 3 inches and others still near double digits. The area remains in a winter storm warning until 3 a.m. Thursday morning.

A 7 p.m. advisory from Monroe Township OEM said that JCP&L is reporting 1,500 power outages in the area and the snow has felled trees and power lines.

OEM also reported that there were traffic lights out on Matchaponix Avenue and Spotswood Englishtown Road and Texas Road and Spotswood Englishtown Road.

Report power outages to JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTSS or click “report outage” at firstenergycorp.com.