Thursday Nor’easter Update for the Princeton Area, Including Event Cancellations

Patton Avenu Snow-da says, "Strong am I in the force--but not that strong."
Patton Avenue Snow-da says, “Strong am I in the force–but not that strong.”

A winter storm warning is in effect for Mercer County  until 6 a.m. Friday. Up to 10 inches of snow is expected. A small amount of ice is also expected. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency and all state offices are closed Thursday.

The snow began just after  midnight.The snow may briefly mix with sleet during the day Thursday. The snow is expected to taper off early Friday morning. Winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour are possible and could lead to power outages if heavy snow accumulates on power lines and tree limbs by the time the winds increase.

Travel will be hazardous across the region on Thursday and possibly Friday morning. NJ Transit has announced it will offer systemwide cross-honoring on Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday, Feb. 14 due to the storm. Trains and buses will run on a regular weekday schedule.

Municipal officials are asking residents not to park their cars on streets overnight or during the storm so that plows can plow streets. If there is a fire hydrant near your home officials have asked that a three-foot area around the hydrant be cleared. Princeton has declared a state of emergency beginning at midnight. Cars are supposed to be removed from streets and travel should be restricted. Town officials in Princeton are instructing residents to call PSE&G at 1-800-436-PSEG if they lose power. If residents see wires down, town officials are advising them to call the police department at 609-921-2100, ext. 0 and to provide the nearest cross street. Planet Princeton recommends that residents call PSE&G as well if wires are down, after calling the police department.

Municipalities and other organizations started announcing cancellations and postponements ahead of the storm. We will update the following list as more information becomes available. If you are hosting an activity that has been cancelled, email and we will add your information to the growing list.


Colleges and universities closed Thursday: Mercer County Community College, NJIT, the Institute for Advanced Study, Rider University and Westminster Choir College, The College of New Jersey. Princeton Theological Seminary will be closed, but the school’s library will be open, regular hours. Rutgers University will have a delayed opening and will open at noon. Princeton University will make a decision about its Thursday schedule by 5:45 a.m. Thursday. All Princeton campus recreation and group fitness activities cancelled until 2 p.m.

The following public schools are closed Thursday: Princeton, Hopewell, Lawrence, Montgomery, South Brunswick, Hillsborough, Ewing, Hamilton, Robbinsville, Trenton, West Windsor Plainsboro.

The following private schools are closed Thursday: Cambridge School in Pennington, Princeton Montessori, Chapin, Cherry Hill Nursery School, Crossroads Nursery School at the Institute for Advanced Study, the Hun School, Princeton Day School, The Pennington School, St. Paul’s in Princeton, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, Stuart Country Day, Yinghua International, the Solebury School.


All state offices closed Thursday. All Mercer County offices closed Thursday.

In South Brunswick, no senior activities or transportation Thursday. Municipal offices also closed.

Montgomery, Hamilton municipal offices closed.

In Lawrence, municipal offices are closed and Thursday garbage collection has been postponed until Saturday.

Delayed opening at West Windsor municipal building, 11 a.m. Thursday. If weather is so bad that garbage trucks are pulled, trash will be collected Friday. Police asking residents to remove all tree branches from the street to make plowing easier.

Princeton municipal offices will be closed Thursday. Garbage schedule for pick up Thursday will be picked up on Friday. The Princeton Public Library will be closed.

Other Activities

Princeton Adult School classes cancelled.

Princeton YMCA and YWCA will both be closed.

Princeton Tennis Program closed at the Eve Kraft Indoor Tennis Center on Washington Road.

Morven Museum and Garden will be closed Thursday.

Thursday night classes cancelled at the Drum and Dance Learning Center in Lawrenceville.

Hopewell Valley YMCA – offices closed, all programs cancelled.

The Amy Adina Schulman Memorial Lecture scheduled for Thursday evening at The Jewish Center in Princeton has been cancelled.

The Brentano String Quartet concert schedule for Feb. 13 has been cancelled. The concert has been rescheduled for April 11.

Jazz Spring Quartet performance at McCarter Theatre cancelled for Thursday night.

Sergei Guriev’s visit to Princeton University has been rescheduled for 12:15 p.m. on Friday, February 14.

The public lecture at Princeton Theological Seminary in honor of the centennial anniversary of Dr. Bruce Metzger’s birth has been postponed, new date to be determined.

The Heely Lecture at the Lawrenceville School with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been postponed. New date to be determined.

The Princeton Public Library will be closed Thursday.

The Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey headquarters will be closed Thursday.

All Thursday morning and afternoon classes at Princeton Center for Yoga and Health are cancelled.