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A snowy hawk on Union Street. (Courtesy of Chanda Hall)

By LOUIS C. HOCHMAN
hochman@montclairlocal.news

Montclair’s township-wide state of emergency remained in effect Tuesday. The upshot for most residents: If you part on a city street, you’re risking a ticket, or a tow.

Parking on snow-covered street is prohibited in Montclair. The prohibition remains in effect for a period of 12 hours after snowfall has stopped.

The township warned Tuesday police will be ticketed or towed. But residents may park for free in municipal lots until streets are clear of snow. The township said a notice will provide vehicle owners a six-hour window to remove their vehicles from lots and decks once streets have been cleared.

The township this week was also urging residents to help clear snow from fire hydrants — asking for a radius for about 3 feet and a path from the hydrant to the street.

Essex County was also asking residents to stay off its roads through Tuesday morning, to make snow removal easier.

New Jersey maintains a list of warming stations per county here. As of Tuesday, warming stations were listed in the Essex County communities of Irvington and Newark.

The forecast

A trained spotter in nearby Bloomfield reported to the National Weather Service late Monday night that the area had received 20.5 inches of snow. The NWS said less than another inch was expected Tuesday.

Tuesday’s temperature is expected to see a high of 34 degrees, with wind chills between 20 and 25 mph, according to the NWS. There’s a 40% chance of snow at night, mainly before midnight, and a 20 percent chance of snow continuing Wednesday morning. The area could see snow again Friday — but nothing like the storm that hit early this week.

NWS forecasts update frequently. See here for the latest from the service.

Essex Ed, the resident groundhog at Turtle Back Zoo, will make his annual weather predication on Tuesday. It’ll be streamed live on the Turtleback Zoo’s Facebook page at 11 a.m.

Throughout the storm, PSE&G’s online outage maps showed virtually all customers in and around Montclair had power.

Schools

Montclair Kimberley Academy will hold all-remote classes on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Montclair Public Schools initially announced an all-remote schedule for Tuesday as well, but have since amended those plans to have an abbreviated day. Montclair Immaculate Conception High School is giving students the day. The public school system was on an adjusted schedule Monday, and the private schools were both off.

Transit

The Montclair-Boonton line of NJ Transit — as well as the Pascack Valley, Main/Bergen County/Port Jervis, Morris and Essex and Gladstone Branch rail lines — remained suspended Tuesday morning until further notice. Once they resume, they’ll operate on the system’s Severe Weather Schedule Level 2. See here for updates

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