Princeton area closures and cancelations for Friday, Jan. 19 (last updated 8:05 p.m. Thurs.)

The National Weather Service in Mt. Holly has issued a winter weather advisory that is in effect for Friday, Jan. 19 from 4 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Snowfall of four to six inches is possible in the Princeton region. Snow will begin around 4 a.m. Friday. The heaviest snowfall is expected to take place from late morning through mid-afternoon. The snow is expected to continue Friday evening.

Stay home if you can. Staying off the roads makes it easier for crews to remove snow, and it is also safer for you. Work from home. If you must drive, leave extra time for your trip and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. Icy conditions are likely for both the a.m. and evening commutes. Water will freeze on roadways and bridges.

  • Secure loose items.
  • Charge your electronic devices.
  • Do not run any fuel-powered generators in a garage or other enclosed space or near windows.
  • Test battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Figure out where your flashlights and candles are.
  • Please keep your pets indoors during the storm.
  • Stay away from downed wires and trees for your safety.
  • Shovel the snow from your sidewalks within 24 hours after snow stops falling, or risk getting a warning or fine.
  • Remove cars from the streets when it snows.

Recycling and trash

Recycling and trash pickup may be delayed in some communities due to the weather, road conditions, and concern for work crews.

In West Windsor, officials ask that you leave your trash and recycling bins at the curb for pickup if your pickup has been delayed. Put the bins on your property near the curb. Do not put your bins in the street or sports equipment, unless you want them damaged by snowplows.

In South Brunswick, Trash pickup for Friday has been postponed until Saturday. Officials ask that you wait until Saturday after 6 a.m. to put your trashcans out.


At about 7 p.m. on Thursday, officials for the Princeton Public Schools announced that school is canceled for Friday.

Princeton Theological Seminary is closed on Friday.

In West Windsor, municipal offices are closed on Friday.

In Franklin Township, the Youth Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Rutgers University remains open. In response to the weather forecast, the following changes will be made to the operating status for Friday:

  • Classes, to the extent possible, will transition to online – in either synchronous or asynchronous mode. Instructors are asked to communicate their plans directly with their students.   
  • Department heads are asked to allow remote work where feasible.   
  • Employees deemed essential will be advised where and when to report by their supervisors.   
  • Libraries remain open; please check for hours of operation.
  • There are no changes to clinical operations.

We will update this post as more information becomes available.

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