Newark Officials: 'We are Ready to Tackle Expected Winter Snowstorm'; Schools Are Closed

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose and Department of Health and Community Wellness Director Dr. Mark Wade announce that “Code Blue” is currently activated and will remain in effect during tomorrow’s weather event and continue as needed.

According to a statement released by city officials, they are prepared to call a 'Code Blue' if and when temperatures reach 25°F or lower without precipitation or 32°F or lower with rainfall.

Officials say the City reminds residents that a number of homeless shelters have partnered with the City to provide emergency shelter, including Code Blue sheltering.

According to Newark officials, today's forecast, meteorologist are calling for snow and sleet, followed by heavy rain with high winds, beginning after 4 a.m.

Accumulations of 3” to 8” are possible. As a result, residents are asked to observe the city’s “No Parking on Snow Covered Roadways” ordinance and signs, which will be enforced. When shoveling snow, please keep it off fire hydrants and out of streets for the safety of motorists and emergency vehicles according to Newark officials.

Officials expect flooding as they discourage drivers from traveling through any streets that are flooded, have high water or are believed to be submerged.

“I urge residents to take precautions to keep their homes safe and to be safe when they are out and about, and to check on their neighbors, especially the disabled, children and the elderly,” Mayor Baraka said.

“Police and other city agencies will provide assistance to the homeless and others in need of shelter during this weather event,” Director Ambrose said. “We urge residents to use safety precautions when utilizing space heaters, wood stoves or fireplaces and to avoid overloading electric outlets to prevent fires during this frigid weather.”