MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Meteorologists predict more than eight inches of snow will fall in the next 24 hours. Township Public Works Crews have been applying salt brine and rock salt since last night to help prevent snow and ice from bonding to the roads.

“Middletown Township Public Works has made the necessary preparations for this storm. In addition to pre-treating roads, snow removal equipment has been inspected and readied for service. Approximately 75 trucks will be activated as necessary along with about 100 personnel who man vehicles, shovel municipal sidewalks and perform other related tasks,” said Mayor Stephanie C. Murray.

“Work crews will be plowing throughout the night to keep primary roads open for emergency vehicles. Once snow begins to accumulate to about three inches, snow removal procedures are initiated,” said Public Works Director Ted Maloney.

 “We appreciate everyone’s continued cooperation as we work very hard to make the roads as safe as possible during and after this storm,” Maloney said. “Based on the current weather forecasts, snow is expected to continue until approximately 6:00AM. Therefore it is likely that plowing operations will continue throughout the day and evening on Wednesday.”

Please remember the Township’s snow plowing procedures require that primary and secondary arterial roads be plowed earliest so that they are passable followed by local roads, said Township Administrator Anthony P. Mercantante. He noted there are more than 1,200 local roads in Middletown, totaling well over 300 miles. These streets are often small, with numerous intersections, cul-de-sacs and dead ends and are often typified by street parking on both sides of the road.

" href="http://www.middletownnj.org/content/snow-plowing.html">Visit the township website at www.middletownnj.org for more information on Township snow removal regulations, plowing procedures and road designations.

Some roads within the Township fall under the jurisdiction of the state Department of Transportation and Monmouth County Public Works and are being addressed by those entities.

Please use caution if you must travel. Crews will be busy plowing roads. In addition, temperatures also expected to drop into the single digits by Wednesday morning. Salt and brine become significantly less effective when temperatures fall below 20 degrees, Mercantante said.

Please remember 9-1-1 is for emergencies only.

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Power Outages & Downed Wires
Do not approach downed wires.  Call JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTSS for power outages and downed wires, that’s 1-888-544-4877.  You can also visit the My Town section of the utility company’s website at " href="http://www.firstenergycorp.com/mytown" target="_blank">www.firstenergycorp.com/mytown for outage information.

Snow Plowing - To aid the Public Works Department in clearing the streets, please do not throw snow back into the street and do not plow snow into the roadway. 

Sidewalks - For the safety of pedestrians, please remember that township ordinances require that sidewalks be cleared of snow and ice 24 hours after the snowfall ends.

Fire Hydrants
Do not bury fire hydrants with snow. Please assist our Emergency Responders by clearing snow away from the fire hydrant.

Vehicle Safety
Clear off accumulated snow and ice before driving your vehicle. New Jersey motor vehicle laws provides for a summons for careless driving to be issued to the operator of any vehicle where an accumulation of ice or snow from their car or truck coming off while driving and striking the vehicle of another. We have all been on the receiving end of these sheets of snow and ice from the vehicle of careless motorists. Avoid a summons; avoid causing damage or an accident by cleaning off accumulated snow and ice before driving.

Be sure your brakes are balanced and pull equally on all wheels which will avoid skids; replace your windshield wiper blades and add proper antifreeze solution to washer; have your battery tested to avert breakdowns and check headlights and tail lights to be sure all are working. Carbon monoxide is deadly! Check mufflers and entire exhaust system for leaks. You should have snow tires or matching radial tires to ensure traction.

It is a good safety measure to have a shovel, bag of sand, rock salt, traction mat, booster cables, safety flares, etc.

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