Is there such a thing as being too prepared for snow?
The chance of some snow and frozen rain overnight Tuesday prompted road crews to get out early to brine and salt New Jersey highways.
Some state lawmakers have said that the state government has been overzealous with the preparations this winter and wasting time and money.
The Murphy administration took a lot of heat after a major snowstorm on Nov. 15 crippled the state and caused many commuters to be trapped on state roadways for hours because highways were not treated for the storm before the storm arrived.
“It was unreal. I’ve been driving the [Garden State Parkway] for years. Never seen it like that before,” says Francis Ewell of Irvington. “Nothing was done. Sadly, nothing was done.”
In the wake of the November snowstorm, state road crews are often seen out brining and salting the roads when there is even the slightest hint of snow in the forecast.
This caused state Sen. Declan O’Scalon to issue a statement last month denouncing the practice.
“Increasing the use of brine wastes funds and exacerbates our already deteriorated roadways. It could also adversely impact the environment,” O’Scanlon said.
But some New Jersey residents tell News 12 New Jersey that they disagree and that the roads should be treated. They say that it is in the budget and it is better to be safe than sorry.
“If it’s a monster storm, we have to be careful,” says Ryan Guensch of Middletown. “But at the same time, you don’t want to do it for the sake of doing it.”
The overnight weather event was expected to bring some snow and ice to parts of northern New Jersey. But News 12 meteorologists say that most of the ice should melt by late morning and afternoon.
Another snowstorm could potentially come to New Jersey this weekend.