Newark prepares for winter storm by opening shelters, salting roads

City officials in Newark urged residents to use caution if they must leave their home during the snowstorm.

City officials in Newark urged residents to use caution if they must leave their home during the snowstorm.

City officials in Newark urged residents to use caution if they must leave their home during the snowstorm. (1/2/14)

NEWARK - City officials in Newark urged residents to use caution if they must leave their home during the snowstorm.

The city has more than 50 salt trucks that will be treating roads through Friday morning to keep streets clear.

Mayor Luis Quintana told residents to get whatever supplies they needed early and to stay off the roads during the snow.

The city wants to remind residents not to shovel snow from driveways and sidewalks back out into the street. Those who do could face fines.

The public works department says it is prepared even if conditions deteriorate. "We all should be concerned because when the temp is this low, it comes with a lot of other problems," says the department's Amos Crudup. "But as far as the streets, we'll make sure we'll get the snow out of the way."

Officials also set up 11 emergency shelters for the city's homeless.

The Newark Department of Public Works expects to have all the city's roads cleared by Friday evening.
 

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