(Lindenwold, NJ) – Due to the moderate snowfall that is expected today, Camden County’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is working to treat streets and clear snow from the county’s 1,200 lane miles of road.
“Our crews have been monitoring the weather carefully and are prepared to remove snow and treat roadways throughout the day,” Commissioner Al Dyer, liaison to the DPW. “In preparation for this winter weather, crews have loaded up trucks, repaired plows and made sure all of our tree removal equipment is ready to go due to the breezy conditions that are expected.”
Rain has been falling this morning with temperatures sitting near 40 degrees. Colder air will slowly move in with snow expected to get mixed in between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Because grounds will initially be warm and wet, this snow will melt but, as it turns moderate to heavy snowfall into the mid to late morning, pavements will cool and cover. We are looking at 1 to 2.5 inches of snow, however, 3 inches is possible in certain areas. Snowfall is expected to taper off between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., with conditions turning breezy and colder late day. There is concerns for surfaces to freeze, especially as temperatures will drop well below freezing but the wind should help to aid in drying surfaces.
“Unless you need to be on the roadways today, stay home. Anyone who does need to drive should be prepared to encounter slick road conditions. As our crews head out to treat the roads, remember to always leave at least six car lengths behind our vehicles while they work and move any cars off the street and into a driveway,” Dyer said. “And remember, it’s 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.