By Jaimie Julia Winters

It may be the first day of spring and the crocuses are sprouting, but the forecast calls for 11 to 15 inches of snow tomorrow, March 21. And as of Tuesday afternoon, the Montclair Office of Emergency Management had declared a state of emergency, effective 8 a.m., Wednesday, March 21.

By 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the school district still had not canceled school for Wednesday.

Residents are required to move their vehicles from the streets to driveways or to municipal lots and parking decks free of charge beginning at 8 p.m. this evening.

Snow is expected to start at 6 a.m. Wednesday and last until 6 a.m. Thursday.

"Travel will be very difficult to impossible, especially during the Wednesday evening commute. Snow will develop during the morning and become heavy by afternoon. Expect significant reductions in visibility at times. A combination of the heavy snow and wind gusts up to 35 mph could bring down tree limbs and power lines, creating power outages," according to the National Weather Service.

Montclair's declaration was made to support snow removal and see to any emergencies caused by snow and high winds. Non-essential travel and on-street parking will be prohibited for all vehicles for the duration of the state of emergency.

Once the state of emergency is lifted, those who parked in municipal lots and decks will have 12 hours to remove their vehicles.

In addition to the above, the following services have been cancelled for tomorrow:

  • Evening shuttle service
  • Recycling drop-off at public works yard
  • Edgemont Park House will be closed Wednesday and Thursday
  • Wednesday zoning board meeting canceled