With wintry weather expected to hit South Jersey this weekend, many are busy preparing. After a warm winter last year, some businesses are banking on more seasonable weather to help recoup money lost.
Atlantic County Public Works trucks are racing to prepare the nearly 350 miles of roadway they cover before a wintry mix hits South Jersey. "We're putting brine on the roads, parking lots, and sidewalks," explained Bill Reinert, Director of the Atlantic County Public Works Department.
Officials say spraying the brine solution is the first step in keeping roads clear once the storm starts. "Not that great of accumulations," said Reinert of what's expected here this weekend, "it doesn't take all that much to make a roadway slippery and kind of dangerous."
The county has about 6,600 tons of salt on hand, thanks to last year's unseasonably warm winter. "We used a very little bit last winter," he said, "so we haven't had to refill, we just, we're set to start this winter off."
Surplus after last year's dud of a winter is something many local businesses know all about. "Basically, everything here is from last year's season - nothing sold, very little sold." At Butterhof's Farm and Home Supply, they're breaking out sleds and shovels they've kept in storage, in the hopes they'll sell this time around. "Try to recoup the money that we've lost and tied up all season," said Mike Butterhof.
While Saturday's storm is not expected to be significant here, "We're getting ready, just in case," said Butterhof. He's just one of many local merchants hoping Mother Nature delivers with this storm- and several more this season. "Hopefully, it continues, for our sake anyhow."