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FREEHOLD, NJ – While meteorologists are predicting freezing temperatures and accumulating snow this weekend, the Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering is preparing County roads for whatever the first day of spring brings.

“County road crews spread liquid salt brine on County roads on Friday in advance of the plummeting temperatures and the threat of snow,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering. “The snowfall predictions vary, but everyone will see cold weather this weekend.”

According to the National Weather Service, freezing temperatures and snow are expected in Monmouth County this weekend.

“Once the snow begins to fall, if you must be on the roads, be sure to exercise caution and if you come across plows and sand trucks, make sure to give them room to do their work,” said Arnone. “Monmouth County has 135 trucks outfitted with spreading and plowing capabilities.”

“The County’s snow room will open when the storm’s gets closer,” said Arnone. “Our process helps us manage the personnel needed at the County’s ten highway districts and dispatch crews as needed.”

Just as the County Public Works crews prepare and plan for winter storms, residents should prepare and plan as well.

“Now is the time to make sure your home and your vehicle are ready for whatever weather comes our way,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso, liaison to the County Office of Emergency Management. “Make sure that you have snow shovels, snow brushes and rock salt or one of the more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways.”

Environmental Protection Agency has a complete list of recommended products that are safe for the environment and your home. Ready.gov, the national emergency preparedness website has many resources and checklists to help residents plan and prepare for storms and other emergencies. Links to these resources are available on the Monmouth County website. You can also follow Monmouth County Government on Facebook and Twitter for emergency information.