Thursday March 5, 2015 10:20 AM

The following is a message posted by the National Weather Service:

AS OF 10:10 AM, NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR AND SURFACE REPORTS INDICATED A LARGE AREA OF HEAVIER SNOW MOVING ACROSS THE REGION.

THE SNOWFALL RATES WILL BE AN INCH PER HOUR, WHICH WILL REDUCE THE VISIBILITIES TO ONE HALF MILE OR LESS.
THE COMBINATION OF INCREASED SNOWFALL RATES AND TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING WILL CONTINUE TO RESULT IN HAZARDOUS ROAD CONDITIONS.

IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, SLOW DOWN, USE EXTRA CAUTION AND BE PREPARED FOR POOR ROAD CONDITIONS AND VISIBILITIES.

For weather information you may visit www.weather.gov.

 

Thursday   March 5, 2015  9:30 AM 

Updated Closures

 Due to the weather:

**Hopewell Township Offices are CLOSED today.

 **State Offices are CLOSED today.

 **Hopewell Valley Regional School District schools and offices are CLOSED today.

 **Hopewell Borough Offices are CLOSED today.

 **Pennington Borough Offices are CLOSED today.

 A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 PM this evening.

 Snow will continue to fall into the afternoon. Accumulations are expected to be between 4 to 8 inches.

 For weather information you may visit www.weather.gov.

 A State of Emergency is in effect.

 **You can view the declaration and associated press release at www.state.nj.us.

 There are no travel restrictions at this time.

 State, County and local DPW's are addressing area roadways.

 Motorists should drive with caution if they must travel today.  Snow is making travel difficult.

 **There are no traffic issues to report in Hopewell Valley at this time.

 You may visit http://www.511nj.org/ for information regarding driving times and current incidents by county.

 

Thursday March 5, 2015   8:55 AM

Hopewell Borough Offices will be CLOSED today due to the weather.

Please see previous listed advisories for more information.

 

Thursday   March 5, 2015     7:15 AM

Due to the weather, all New Jersey State Office will be CLOSED today.

**Hopewell Borough Offices have announced a delayed opening of 11:00 AM.

Please see previous listed advisories below for more information.

Please report any hazardous conditions to the Hopewell Township Police Department at 609-737-3100 ext. 0.

 

 Thursday   March 5, 2015  5:15 AM

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 PM this evening.

Sleet and snow are expected through pre-dawn hours and will change to all snow by dawn. Snow will continue into the afternoon. Accumulations are expected to be between 4 to 8 inches.

For weather information you may visit www.weather.gov.

A State of Emergency is in effect.

**You can view the declaration and associated press release at www.state.nj.us.

There are no travel restrictions at this time.

Motorists should drive with caution if they must travel today as snow may cause travel to be difficult.

**There are no traffic issues to report in Hopewell Valley at this time.

You may visit http://www.511nj.org/ for information regarding driving times and current incidents by county.

**State offices will have a delayed opening of 11:00 AM.

**Hopewell Township offices will have a delayed opening of 11:00 AM.

**Hopewell Valley Regional School District schools and offices will be closed today.

Please report any hazardous conditions to the Hopewell Township Police Department at 609-737-3100 ext. 0.

 

Thursday   March 5, 2015     12:45 AM

Governor Christie has declared a delayed opening of 11:00 AM for all state offices due to the impending winter storm.

 

Wednesday March 4, 2015    8:15 PM  

Due to the impending winter storm Governor Christie has declared a State of Emergency.

**There are no travel restrictions associated with this declaration at this time.

You can view the declaration and associated press release at www.state.nj.us.

The weather forecast remains consistent with earlier predictions.

There are areas of patchy fog throughout the state.

**There are no incidents to report in the Hopewell Valley area at this time.

 

Wednesday     March 4, 2015    4:00 PM

According to the most current National Weather Service post, the Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 7 PM this evening until 7 PM Thursday evening (March 5th).

Periods of rain will continue through tonight.

**There have been no major incidents due to rain today. We will provide updates on any road closures due to flooding.

Rain will change to snow tonight and snow will continue into tomorrow. The change to snow will most likely be after 10 PM.

Snow accumulations could be in the range of 4-8 inches.

You may visit www.weather.gov for more information regarding weather forecasts.

***Travel will most likely be difficult late tonight and tomorrow morning impacting the Thursday morning commute.

For information regarding driving times and current incidents by county you may visit: http://www.511nj.org/.

Please report any hazardous conditions to the Hopewell Township Police Department at 609-737-3100 ext. 0.

 

Wilfred Avenue Construction Work

Wilfred Avenue is closed to through traffic while under construction but passable at all times to emergency services, school buses, garbage trucks, residents and USPS. 

 

Road Closure Announcement         Pennington Titusville Road     

The Mercer County Department of Transportation began work on Monday February 23, 2015 replacing the Pennington-Titusville Road Bridge which crosses over Jacobs Creek.

Pennington-Titusville Road between Scotch Road and Bear Tavern Road will be closed to traffic at the bridge during this construction period which is scheduled to last six months.

The eastbound detour route will be Bear Tavern Road S/B to Washington Crossing Pennington Road E/B to Scotch Road N/B.

The westbound detour will be Scotch Road S/B to Washington Crossing Pennington Road W/B to Bear Tavern Road N/B.

Motorists should plan alternate routes during this construction period.

 


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NEW JERSEY'S BLACK BEARS HAVE EMERGED FROM THEIR WINTER DENS; DEP OFFERS TIPS ON REDUCING CONFLICTS WITH BEARS


TRENTON - Black bears have exited their winter dens throughout New Jersey and are entering their most active period of the year as they search for food and mates, making encounters with humans in populated areas more likely. To reduce the risk of such encounters, State residents-especially those living in "bear country'' in Northwest Jersey-- are urged to take some simple precautions.

"There are some common sense steps people can take to reduce the risk of interacting with bears and enhancing public safety,'' said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. "Most important is not to feed bears - intentionally or unintentionally. Bears that learn to associate food with people, and their homes and living areas, can become habituated to easy sources of food and become the nuisance bears that regularly forage in neighborhoods. That can result in troubling encounters.''

Intentionally feeding black bears is illegal in New Jersey and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 per offense. The more common problem is the unintentional feeding of bears that occurs when homeowners' unknowingly make garbage, pet foods and bird feed available for bears to find and eat.

"Properly securing trash and eliminating anything else a bear will eat is one of the best ways to prevent bears from being attracted to a home or property,'' said David Chanda, director of the State Division of Fish and Wildlife.

The bear population in New Jersey has grown in recent years with bears sighted in all 21 counties, and bear-human encounters occurring more frequently in places outside of traditional bear country, including heavily populated and developed areas of the State.

To deal with that issue, a New Jersey Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy was developed by the state's Fish and Game Council and approved last year by Commissioner Martin. That policy emphasizes managing black bears through research and monitoring, non-lethal and lethal control of problem bears, public education on co-existing with bears, and includes an annual controlled hunt.

DEP wildlife experts are offering the following tips to minimize conflicts with bears this spring:

* Use certified bear-resistant garbage containers if possible. Otherwise, store all garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids and place them along the inside walls of your garage, basement, a sturdy shed or other secure area.

* Wash garbage containers frequently with a disinfectant solution to remove odors. Put out garbage on collection day, not the prior night.

* Avoid feeding birds when bears are active. If you choose to feed birds, do so during daylight hours only and bring feeders indoors at night. Suspend birdfeeders from a free-hanging wire, making sure they are at least 10 feet off the ground. Clean up spilled seeds and shells daily.

* Immediately remove all uneaten food and food bowls used by pets fed outdoors.

* Clean outdoor grills and utensils to remove food and grease residue to minimize odors. Store grills securely.

* Do not place meat or any sweet foods in compost piles.

* Remove fruit or nuts that fall from trees in your yard.

* Properly installed electric fencing is an effective way of protecting crops, beehives and livestock.

Wildlife experts also offer the following information:

* A black bear passing through a residential area should not be considered a problem, as long as it is behaving normally and not posing a threat.

* If you encounter a bear remain calm and do not run. Make sure the bear has an escape route. Avoid direct eye contact, back up slowly and speak with a low, assertive voice.

* Black bear attacks are extremely rare. Should a black bear attack, fight back. Do not play dead.

Report bear damage, nuisance behavior or aggressive bears to the Wildlife Control Unit of the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife at (908) 735-8793.
During evenings and weekends, residents should call their local police department or the DEP Hotline at (877) WARN-DEP.

To learn more about New Jersey's black bears and ways to avoid problems with them, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/bearfacts.htm.

 

 

 
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