New Jersey Public Works Crews Preparing For Yet Another Round Of Winter Weather

Transportation officials in New Jersey say they're ready for more snow, which is expected to start falling Thursday; CBS2's Vanessa Murdock reports.

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- And we all know just how challenging the roads can get when the snow starts falling.

- But transportation officials say they are ready. CBS 2's Vanessa Murdock in the Mobile Weather Lab tonight live in Edgewater, New Jersey. Outside the lab right now. Vanessa?

VANESSA MURDOCK: Well, yet again, they are ready. Those crews are ready. Listen, it is beautiful out here right now in Edgewater, New Jersey. We've got mostly clear skies, the sun is setting. Temperatures are freezing and below. Take a look, Mobile Weather Lab, a reading of 31 and 1/2 degrees. I want to let you know that tomorrow night, the temperature will actually be pretty similar, just below the freezing mark. But of course, these conditions, these sky conditions, so very different. Snow will be falling steadily, possibly at its heaviest, as Lonnie just said. And that is why crews are yet again getting ready to roll.

Another busy day at the Bergen County DPW Annex. Plows get attached and checked over, salt spreaders loaded.

GREGORY ROMMES: And it could be tiring, but the paychecks are nice.

VANESSA MURDOCK: Gregory Rommes has been with Bergen County Public Works for 15 years.

GREGORY ROMMES: It's my family. They think I'm crazy, my friends think I'm crazy. I love being out there plowing.

VANESSA MURDOCK: County Executive Jim Tedesco tells us getting salt hasn't been easy. A slow start to winter the culprit.

JIM TEDESCO: There wasn't a lot of need for salt, so there wasn't a lot of mining.

VANESSA MURDOCK: Now, back-to-back storms strain the supply.

JIM TEDESCO: We're going to be OK.

VANESSA MURDOCK: I reached out to Dr. Dave Robinson, New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University, to reflect on winter so far. He declares January "boring." Then winter went bonkers.

DAVE ROBINSON: The last hours of January, the big storm kicked in, and things haven't slowed down since.

VANESSA MURDOCK: The 30-year average in Central Park, 30.1 inches. So far this season, we measure 33.8.

DAVE ROBINSON: You go in northwest Jersey, they're up around 50 inches.

VANESSA MURDOCK: About 10 inches above where they'd be for a full season.

DAVE ROBINSON: It doesn't have to snow another flake and we've got an average to above-average year.

VANESSA MURDOCK: But we know it's going to snow yet again. So as of right now, folks, the snowfall for this February 21.2 inches. The approaching storm will likely bump us into top 10 snowiest Februaries on record. We need just about two inches to make it into the top 10. If we get closer to that eight-inch mark, that Lonnie said, hey, it's possible. We're not quite going that high for the city, but if we should, that means we will rank number two snowiest February on record. So of course, we're going to keep a watch on that. We're live with the Mobile Weather Lab in Edgewater, New Jersey. Tonight, Vanessa Murdock, CBS 2 News.

- OK, and it's not over yet, Vanessa. Thank you--