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Bridgewater Police Department
Saturday January 19th, 2019 :: 11:29 a.m. EST


Winter Weather Advisory. Emergency Alert Page Activated. State of Emergency in effect statewide. See link.

A significant storm is expected to track across our region late Saturday into Sunday. The specifics with regards to precipitation types remain uncertain.

For areas near and north of the Interstate 78 corridor, precipitation will begin as snow this afternoon, but is expected to change to a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet tonight. Very hazardous travel conditions are expected in these areas and freezing rain and wind could lead to power outages.

Heavy rainfall in areas south of the rain/ice/snow transition zone could lead to both urban flooding Saturday night and Sunday and river flooding later Sunday into Monday. Flooding potential is largely dependent on how quickly the precipitation (starting as light snow today) changes to all rain this evening.

Sunday morning, a rapid temperature drop will lead to a hard freeze of any areas of slush and standing water, even for areas that received little to no snowfall. This will lead to very icy conditions Sunday evening and overnight. Bitterly cold air will make clearing snow and ice very difficult.

Minor coastal flooding is possible with the Sunday morning high tide, mostly along the Atlantic Coast, Delaware Bay, and the tidal Delaware River. Localized moderate flooding is possible along the oceanfront and on the back bays.

Strong winds behind the storm late Sunday through Monday will lead to hazardous conditions over the waters for mariners and localized power outages on adjacent shores.

For the latest forecast please visit

We suggest you not travel once the snow/ice begins to fall. If you must travel, please give yourself extra time to get to and from your destination and inform family/friends of your plans. Stay on main roads and avoid shortcuts and back roads. Remove all snow and ice from your vehicle.

NIXLE Advisory messages will be posted on Facebook and Twitter and to your e-mail. Any Alerts will be sent to your cellphone, if applicable. To sign-up with NIXLE, text BWTPD to 888777 or online.​

Please review our Snow Emergency Routes. Please assist DPW by removing all vehicles from the roadway! (

Governor Phil Murphy has issued a State of Emergency for the entire state effective Saturday, January 19, at 12:00 p.m., ahead of the impending weekend storm.

Additionally, Colonel Patrick J. Callahan has announced a commercial vehicle travel restriction due to the anticipated severity of the impending winter storm.

Effective tomorrow, Saturday, January 19, at 12:00 p.m., there will be a commercial vehicle travel restriction for the following roadways:

I-195 (entire length)

I-78 (entire length)

I-80 (entire length)

I-280 (entire length)

I-287 (entire length)

I-295 (including and between exits 60-76)

The commercial vehicle travel restriction does NOT apply to the following roadways:

New Jersey Turnpike

Garden State Parkway

The commercial vehicle travel restriction applies to:

All tractor-trailers

Empty straight CDL-weighted trucks

Passenger vehicles pulling trailers

Recreational vehicles


​Trucks already in New Jersey are encouraged to use truck stops or rest areas during the restriction. In order for road crews to effectively plow, drivers should not park on shoulders.

If you lose power, contact your local power provider and not Police Communications unless an emergency exists (ie. power line causing a fire):

PSE&G: 800-436-7734 | PSE&G Mobile Alerts
JCP&L: 888-544-4877 | JCP&L Mobile Alerts
NJ American Water: 800-272-1325

Treat all downed power lines as if they are still live. Do not approach or touch any downed line. It is encouraged to charge all cell phones and have extra batteries in the event you lose power.

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Bridgewater Police Department
100 Commons Way
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 908-722-4111

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