Be ready for winter storm, says DOT

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The New Jersey Department of Transportation has prepared crews and equipment for a major statewide snowstorm that is predicted to start shortly after midnight tonight and continue through Friday.

Significant snow accumulations are expected throughout much of the state, with the heaviest snowfall amounts predicted for northern and central New Jersey, according to an announcement from the DOT. 

Several forecasts indicate Cape May and Atlantic County will see rain or at least far less snow than the northern part of the state, while New England could see feet of snow from the system.

Wind gusts of 35 miles per hour could create poor visibility conditions and drifting snow.  This is predicted to be the largest snowfall in New Jersey since 2011.

NJDOT mobilized staff and contractors Thursday to be ready for immediate deployment.  Crews began pre-treating major roadways this morning with brine solution to start the melting process as soon as the first flakes fall. 

Resources include around 2,050 pieces of equipment, including 1,400 contractor snow plows, 450 NJDOT salt-spreader trucks and plows, and 200 contractor salt-spreader trucks.

Ample snow and ice-melting supplies are on hand, including rock salt, liquid calcium and salt-water brine solution, according to state officials. 

“NJDOT crews and contractors are prepared to work as long as it takes to keep our approximately 13,000 lane miles of interstate and state highways as safe as possible,” reads the  release.

Transportation Commissioner James S. Simpson stressed that safety is the focus.  

“Make no doubt about it, in many areas of the state we are going to see some treacherous conditions.  We will be doing everything within our power to keep the state highways clear and safe, but I urge motorists to do their part by exercising caution, allowing extra travel time, avoiding unnecessary trips and providing our plows enough room to maneuver on the roadways,” he said.

Real-time traffic information, including weather-related incidents, is available by calling 511 or online at


Read more coverage of the pending storm:

Coastal Flood Warning issued

Be ready for winter storm, say DOT

Powerful storm to impact South Jersey on Friday

County tells residents to prepare for high winds, power outages

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