County Readies as Winter Storm Warning Takes Effect

Up to six inches of snow is expected to hit New Jersey on Monday.

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Camden County is bracing for a drastic change in weather.

One day after Super Bowl XVLIII was played on a 50-degree day in New Jersey, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the area from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Snow is expected to be heavy at times, with 4 to 6 inches of accumulation is expected, according to the National Weather Service out of Mount Holly.

Precipitation is expected to begin as rain early in the day, changing over to a wintery mix, with a full changeover to snow expected by the end of the morning.

Commuters should expect hazardous roads and walkways.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s during the day and the 20s at night., and the National Weather Service is projecting wind gusts of up to 20 miles an hour. Leftover moisture may freeze to untreated surfaces.

“In anticipation of this latest weather system, we prepared our equipment and loaded our trucks on Friday.  Brining has already begun and all County roads will be pretreated in advance of the storm,” Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works, said.  “Our crews will report to work early tomorrow, well in advance of the first snowflakes.  This will be an all hands on deck operation and vacation days have been canceled.”

More than 70 pieces of equipment are available to make county roadways safe for travel and personnel will be dispatched to 12 winter maintenance districts for salt and to plow about 400 miles of county roads should conditions become treacherous.

“As always, when the weather turns hazardous we recommend that motorists remain cautious and give themselves extra time to reach their destinations,” Leonard said.  “Anyone on the roadways during these times should be prepared to encounter slick or icy road conditions.”

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.  Below are numbers and contact info for the two power providers in Camden County:

 *   PSE&G: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734)
 *   PSEG 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/

Residents should call 911 for emergencies only and the Department of Public Works at (856) 566-2980 to report problems on county roads.
Continue to check www.camdencounty.com<http://www.camdencounty.com> through the storm for weather and road condition updates.  Information will also be provided through Facebook and Twitter.


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