INCIDENT: SNOW EMERGENCY ISSUED
OCCURRED: Sunday February 1, 2015, beginning at 7:00 PM (1900 hours)
LOCATION: Borough of Bergenfield
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 7:00 PM on Sunday, February 1, through Monday at 6:00 PM, on February 2.
LOCATIONS... THE NEW YORK CITY AND NEW JERSEY METROPOLITAN AREAS.HAZARD TYPES... SNOW... SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN. ACCUMULATIONS... SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 8 INCHES... ALONG WITH AROUND ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH OF ICE.WINDS... NORTHEAST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH. TEMPERATURES... IN THE UPPER 20S.VISIBILITIES... ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.* SNOWFALL RATES... OCCASIONALLY 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR LATE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY MONDAY MORNING.* IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS TRAVEL DUE TO REDUCED VISIBILITIES AND SIGNIFICANT SNOW... SLEET AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS.
(Issued by: The National Weather Service New York City, NY as of 1:45 PM EST)
Based on the storm prediction, the Borough of Bergenfield will have a SNOW EMERGENCY IN EFFECT on Sunday, February 1, 2015, beginning at 7:00 PM (1900 hours) and it will remain in effect until further notice.
NO OVERNIGHT PARKING WILL BE AUTHORIZED while the SNOW EMERGENCY is in effect.
The Bergenfield Police will enforce the no parking ban under the snow emergency under section D of Ordinance 299-12. This states that the snow emergency remains in effect until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic.
Department of Public Works personnel are prepared for the storm and will handle salting and plowing of the roadways. Officers will have the authority to tow any vehicle that is abandoned and interfering with traffic flow or the clearing of snow from the roadways.
**The snow emergency will remain in effect until further notice which shall include until after the snow has ceased or until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic.
Borough Ordinance 299-12. Snow emergency.
A. A snow emergency shall exist whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers the street or highway. In addition to this, when weather conditions cause a state or condition of the street that is hazardous or dangerous to vehicular or pedestrian traffic even if the entire street or highway is not covered by snow shall constitute a snow emergency when declared by the Chief of Police, or in his absence, the ranking police officer in charge.
B. Definition: As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
SNOW: Any precipitation depositing any accumulation and shall be deemed to include snow, sleet, and hail, ice, freezing rain or any combination thereof.
SNOW TIRES: Tires with or without studs and having treads designed for use in the snow which tread shall be of sufficient depth to accomplish the purpose for which the tire was designed.
C. Snow emergency declared. Upon the occurrence of a snow emergency as hereinabove defined, the Chief of Police, or in his absence, the ranking police officer shall have the authority to declare such an emergency. Within one hour after such a declaration, no person shall cause, permit, allow or suffer any vehicle owned or driven by him to become stalled or immobile on any portion of any street in the Borough of Bergenfield because of the failure of the vehicle to be equipped with snow tires or chains. The Chief of Police or the ranking officer shall immediately inform the public of said snow emergency by issuing a press release to the local and metropolitan radio, television and news services.
D. Snow emergency routes. All streets of the Borough of Bergenfield are snow emergency routes upon which no parking shall be allowed during a snow emergency, and such parking prohibition, shall remain in effect until after the snow has ceased or until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic or until otherwise terminated by the Chief of Police, or in his absence, the ranking officer, in the same manner as declared in above.