NJDOT preps for winter weather ahead of Thanksgiving travel days

While most of the Garden State will see rain, the northern region could see snow or a mixture of both.

Karina Gerry

Nov 18, 2023, 3:31 AM

Updated 245 days ago

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The New Jersey Department of Transportation’s High Point Winter Yard is responsible for keeping the northernmost part of the state safe during the winter months.
"In this area, in just about every storm, there could be serious weather," Chris Murphy, NJ DOT supervisor, explained. "I'm up here plowing and other spots it might just be raining.”
The DOT is preparing for a potential storm heading toward New Jersey that could hit the state during the busiest travel day of the year.
“We’re already prepping trucks and we’re already getting guys to make sure they are ready," Murphy said.
While most of the Garden State will see rain, the northern region could see snow or a mixture of both, creating hazardous conditions. That's why all the regions begin preparations for winter on Oct 1.
“The only difference between the four subregions is how many storms they might get per year, so they are still going to prepare the same," said Christopher Tomlin, Divisional Director of North Region, "Everyone is filled with salt, we’ve topped off all of our salt domes over the last month and a half. So Newark is filled and ready to go just like we are up here in Sussex.”


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