The region continues to recover from a major ice storm. Many locations saw over a quarter inch of ice accumulation, and there were major power outages across the region. Mercer County was hit harder than any other county in the PSE&G service area, with Lawrence, Ewing and Princeton topping the list.
As of 6 a.m. Thursday, 3,165 PSE&G customers in Mercer County were still without power, including more than 1,300 Princeton residents. Princeton comprises more than 40 percent of the remaining outages. It is unclear why so many Princeton residents are still without power when neighboring municipalities that originally had a larger number of outages have mostly been restored. Lawrence, for example, had more than 5,500 outages yesterday. That number is down to 378 outages as of 6 a.m.
Colder air moved into the region last night, causing roadways and sidewalks to freeze up. Be prepared for slippery travel conditions for the Thursday morning commute.
The next potential storm system is late Saturday into Sunday. “This is the infamous storm hyped by social media & Internet a week ago as bringing 30-plus inches of snow,” says Gary Szatkowski of the National Weather Service. “It was nonsense then; it’s nonsense now.”
Current information indicates a weak to moderate storm, which would have less impact than what we saw from the Monday storm, The National Weather Service will have more details about any snow and/or ice amounts later today.
If you do not have power and need to warm up, the municipal building at 400 Witherspoon Street is open. Use the police department entrance on Valley Road. Other warming stations:
The Princeton Public Library
The Lawrence Senior Center on Darrah Lane.
The Montgomery Senior Center.
School Closings and Delays
Most area schools are back to a regular schedule today.
The Princeton Public Schools will have a 90-minute delayed opening. 6:45 a.m.update:
“All schools will open today on a 90-minute delay schedule. Please be advised that transportation routes may change due to road conditions. We are grateful for your flexibility and patience. The board thanks the administration, Princeton Police and our bus vendors for working on a solution that will allow all students to safely get to school.”
The Hun School and the Pennington School will have delayed openings, 9:30 a.m. The Lawrenceville School will open at 10 a.m.
Princeton University resumes normal operations at 8:45 a.m.
Princeton Day School, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, and Stuart Country Day School still have no power and are closed.
New Jersey Transit Rail service will operate on a regular weekday schedule today.
As of 7:15 a.m., the following Princeton roads were still closed:
Mercer Street closed between Lovers Lane and Springdale Road.
Rosedale Road closed from Elm Road to General Johnson Drive (Johnson Park School) All School traffic should use Carter Road.
Province Line Road closed between Route 206 and Rosedale Road.
Stuart Rd. between Bouvant and Hardy Drive
The following traffic lights are not functioning at this time:
Rt. 206/Mountain Ave.
Great Rd/Stuart Rd.
From Princeton Police: All motorists should use extreme caution when driving. Numerous trees and wires are still down throughout Princeton.
200 block of Herrontown
200 block of Shadybrook
1st block of Pheasant Hill
300 block of Russell Rd
300 block of Jefferson
1st block of Hardy Dr.
700 block of PK Rd
900 block of Stuart Rd.
Clover at Abernathy
Griggs Drive Loop
Herrontown at Bunn
Poor Farm Rd.
Prettybrook btwn Great/Pheasant Hill
Rosedale at Christopher
1200 block of Great Rd.
200 block of Mercer
300 block of Western Way
700 block Prospect
1st block of Jefferson
Elm Rd. /Alison Rd
Lake at Riverside
Linden at Hamilton
Woodside at Prospect
Trees and Wires
1000 block of Mercer
1000 block of Stuart Rd
1st block of Dickinson
1st block of Hemlock
1st block of Dodds
1st block of Bank St.
1st block of Haslet
200 block of Mercer
1st block of Race
1st block of Mason Dr.
1st block of Lovers
500 block of Mercer
601 Ewing St. (roadway closed)
1st block of Bertrand
Lilac at Hodge
Rosedale/ Gen. Johnson JP School
Drakes Corner Rd.
Block number indicate a range on any given street where a problem exists. If your specific house number is not listed but your block is, we have any wires/trees down on our list. DPW crews are working to clear all streets, and PSE&G has been notified of downed wires.
We will update this list as we learn about any other delays or cancellations for the day.