Winter Weather Congestion Alert
Winter weather expected to affect the morning and afternoon commutes
(Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today issued a Winter Weather Congestion Alert based on the forecast for snow in parts of the state tomorrow, Tuesday, February 9, which may result in difficult driving conditions.
A wintry mix of snow/sleet/rain is expected to begin in the southern region of the state before the morning commute and move northward, with several inches of snow forecast for the northern and western parts of the state. Precipitation is expected to continue through the afternoon commute.
Motorists are advised to avoid unnecessary travel during the day tomorrow as road conditions may be challenging. NJDOT will be deploying the necessary resources in advance of the storm and is coordinating with the NJ State Police, NJ Transit, and the toll road authorities to ensure the most effective response to the storm.
In order for NJDOT and our regional and local transportation partners to safely and efficiently clear roadways of snow and ice, motorists should avoid driving unless they are an essential employee needed for emergency response. If you must drive, motorists are advised to:
- SLOW DOWN, and obey posted speed limits
- Leave early and allow extra time
- Leave a safe following distance between vehicles
- Use caution on bridges and ramps
- Always STAY CLEAR of plowing and spreading trucks. If they are behind you, let them pass
- DO NOT pass between trucks that are in a plow formation
- If you are driving and road conditions deteriorate, PULL OFF somewhere safe and wait it out
- Be patient and use caution
- Keep an emergency kit in your car with a cell phone charger, water, snacks and other items. See the NJ Office of Emergency Management web site for more information: http://ready.nj.gov/plan-prepare/winter.shtml
NJDOT will be using Variable Message Signs throughout the storm to provide updates. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news and updates follow us on the NJDOT Facebook page or on Twitter @NewJerseyDOT.