Winter Storm Warning issued as snow storm approaches

Medford and the surrounding area could see up to a foot of snow by Tuesday night.

Medford could see as much as a foot of snow over the next 48 hours as the township and most of the surrounding area will be under a winter storm warning beginning on Monday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Medford from 8 p.m. on Monday evening through 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening. The warning was issued with heavy snow and strong winds expected to affect the region Monday night and most of Tuesday.

Snow is expected to begin Monday evening and will be heavy from late Monday night through midday on Tuesday. Snow is expected to diminish late on Tuesday afternoon. Accumulation of 8 to 12 inches is expected from the storm. Wind gusts could reach up to 35 miles per hour.

The snow could make many roads impassable and could produce widespread power outages due to the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines. The strong winds could lead to blowing snow, low visibility and additional power outages.

Additionally, Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio has declared that the current Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency in effect will be extended to 10 a.m. Friday, March 19. Officials will then review and assess upcoming weather forecasts.

“A Code Blue declaration is made in Burlington County when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter,” Director Garganio explained. “When a Code Blue is enacted it provides for short-term emergency sheltering.”

Individuals can call CONTACT of Burlington County at (856) 234–8888 or (866) 234–5006 for a list of available shelters and additional Code Blue information.

For general cold weather precautions, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/.