Due to the incoming snow and sleet that is expected to move through the region Monday and Tuesday, Camden County’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is working to treat streets and clear the county’s 1,200 lane miles of road.
“With a fair amount of snow on the way, our crews have been preparing equipment and monitoring the forecast to make sure they’re ready to clear the snow and sleet and treat the roadways” Commissioner Al Dyer, liaison to the DPW. “Salt trucks have been loaded up, the plows are good to go and our tree removal equipment is in working order to address any downed branches and debris.”
Periods of snow will be arriving in the early Monday evening and with temps being cold prior to and during the arrival of snow, this allows for accumulation on all surfaces. Snowfall rates can briefly uptick in the late evening which may require some plowing. Snow turns lighter by around midnight as warm air begins to move in and this will eventually allow snow to change to sleet and some freezing drizzle. But, as the system continues northeast, some colder air mixing back in can allow for a flip back to snow late morning-early afternoon as the system exits. Overall, 1 to 3 inches of snow, sleet and ice are expected.
“It would be best for residents to stay off the roads if they can, due to the possibility of ice and sleet. Those who must drive should be prepared to encounter slick road conditions,” Dyer said. “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. Please also remember that 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.