Here We Go Again …Grab Your Shovel and Parka

January 20, 2014
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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the area for Tuesday with possible snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches.

The warning will be in effect from 10 a.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m Wednesday.

According to the weather service, the snow should begin falling during the morning and continue thorough night with the heaviest snowfall – which could be an inch or even two an hour – during the afternoon and evening.

NJ Transit announced Monday afternoon that it will offer full systemwide cross-honoring on Tuesday, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode—rail, light rail or bus—including private bus carriers. By Tuesday, cross-honoring was extended through Wednesday.

Road crews from the Monmouth County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering have applied liquid salt brine to county roads. They are following that up with an application of salt treated with magnesium chloride. The pretreatment prevents the snow and ice from bonding to the road surface, making it easier for the plows to clear the snow.

This is the fifth snow season the county, which maintains 1,000 miles of road, has used the salt brine combined with magnesium chloride-treated rock salt. The new rock salt is much more efficient than the old rock salt, which was very corrosive to bridge structures, roadside vegetation, the roadway itself and trucks and equipment.

The temperature Tuesday morning was about 27 and is expected then fall through the teens, dip into the single digits at night and then stay bitterly cold with low wind-chill values for the next few days. Wednesday’s high is expected to be about 18 degrees with wind chills near 10 degrees below zero. Thursday will be about 22 for the high with a chance of snow showers, according to the weather service.

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