(Lindenwold, NJ) – An early season, winter weather event has blanketed the region and will be impacting Camden County roadways for the afternoon rush hour and into the night. The Department of Public Works (DPW) are working to treat streets and if necessary clear snow from the county’s 1,200 lane miles of road.
“Our DPW crews have been checking the plows and loading the salt trucks while continuing to monitor the latest weather forecasts,” said Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo, liaison to the DPW. “With rain and snow expected to create slippery roadways tonight when temperatures drop, our crews are already hard at work to keep traffic moving throughout the county.”
A soaking, winter weather mix is expected to move through the area this afternoon into tonight delivering periods of light and heavy rain before mixing and becoming snow later this evening into tomorrow. We are expecting between a coating and two inches of accumulation over the duration of the storm. Temperatures are expected to settle in the 30s dropping into the 20s overnight. More snow is expected in the early morning hours tomorrow creating a total accumulation of about two inches over the course of 24 hours.
“Based on the amount of precipitation we have already had over the last 24 hours, anyone on the roadways should be prepared to encounter slick road conditions. Always leave at least six car lengths behind our DPW vehicles while they work and move any cars off the street and into a driveway while we continue our plowing operations,” Shin Angulo said. “Remember that it is illegal in New Jersey to plow or shovel snow from private property into roadways.”
At the public works complex in Lindenwold, more than 100 pieces of equipment are available to keep county roadways passable. When the weather becomes treacherous, personnel will be dispatched to 12 winter maintenance districts to salt and plow 1,200 lane miles of roadways across Camden County. The county’s response plan calls for crews to be dispatched only to the zones where they are needed.
In the event the weather causes isolated power outages, please remember to immediately call your utility company so they can identify the location and coordinate crews to restore your power. This storm has the potential to bring down trees and power lines. Residents need to be extra cognizant of any power failures. Below are numbers and contact info for the two power providers in Camden County:
- PSE&G: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734)
- PSE&G website: http://pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/index.jsp
- Atlantic City Electric: 1-800-833-7476
- Atlantic City Electric website: http://www.atlanticcityelectric.com/home/
- South Jersey Gas: 1-800-582-7060
- South Jersey Gas website: http://southjerseygas.com/
As always, please use 911 for emergencies only. If you see a problem on a county road, please call our 24-hour hotline at (856) 566-2980 to report it to the CCDPW.
Continue to check www.camdencounty.com through the storm for weather and road condition updates. Information will also be provided through Facebook and Twitter.