Crews at Work in Advance of System Threatening Rush Hour

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(Lindenwold, NJ) – As an approaching storm system is threatening to deliver a messy mix of weather for commuters, work is already underway at the Camden County Department of Public Works (DPW) to respond to the inclement conditions and keep traffic moving throughout the region.

“The Department of Public Works crews are already on the job pretreating roadways and prepping equipment to keep roads passible and motorists moving,” said Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo, liaison to the DPW. “Despite their best efforts, the timing of today’s storm could bring some hazardous road conditions for rush hour commuters making their way home this evening so we are asking everyone to remain cautious and alert, and give themselves some extra time to reach their destinations.”

A fast-moving storm system will bring a light wintry mix to the area this afternoon. Most of the precipitation will fall as freezing rain and sleet, but some snow could mix in at times with no more than a half inch of accumulation. This will not be a long-duration event, but with most of the activity occurring between 3 and 9 pm, it will impact commuters. Air temperatures will be steady between 28 and 32 degrees throughout the weather event, and with ground temperatures even colder any precipitation could quickly lead to icy areas. Skies will turn partly cloudy overnight, with a good amount of sunshine expected tomorrow as temps climb to near 40 degrees.

At the public works complex in Lindenwold, more than 100 pieces of equipment are available to keep county roadways passable and motorists moving. 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 that 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. Any storm has the potential to bring down trees and power lines, so residents need to be extra cognizant of any power failures. Below are numbers and contact info for the two power providers in Camden County:

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 DPW. 

Continue to check through the storm for weather and road condition updates.  Information will also be provided through Facebook and Twitter.