FREEHOLD, NJ – County’s Public Works crews were busy overnight and all morning with plowing and sanding operations to keep County roads open. Work is ongoing to take care of blowing and drifting snow across roadways.
Monmouth County offices and services are open and operating.
“If you must be on the roads, please exercise caution and give the plows and sand trucks room to do their work,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the County Department of Public Works and Engineering. “County road crews are now targeting some trouble spots, so the assistance of motorists is appreciated as they work their way through the storm.”
The exceptions are four branches of the County Library System that are closed today. Those locations are Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Hazlet, Holmdel and Oceanport. All other Library branches are open. However, please call your local branch to check on exact opening times.
All New Jersey State offices, located within Monmouth County, are closed. This includes:
·Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold
·Probation Offices in in Freehold and Ocean Township
Governor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency in anticipation of the snow storm that is expected to bring high winds, heavy snow, mixed precipitation, storm surges and sub-zero temperatures throughout the state. A potential mixture of hazardous travel conditions, fallen trees and power outages and coastal, stream and river flooding beginning this evening.
Christie’s Executive Order authorizes the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Additionally, the governor authorized the closure of all non-essential state offices tomorrow, Friday, January 3rd.
“The impending weather conditions over the next several days will produce a variety of dangerous travel conditions throughout the state,” said Governor Christie. “I’ve authorized state officials to take all necessary action in advance of the storm, and my Administration will continue monitoring conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. I encourage all New Jerseyans to stay off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”