Through no fault of anyone, over the next several days you are going to experience huge piles of snow at busy intersections and elsewhere.

In some cases, the snow piles will be so high that you will not be able to see properly while driving.

The various public works road crews have no choice, as they remove the snow from the road surface, they have to place it somewhere.

Please be extra careful, so that you do not unwittingly venture out into a dangerous traffic situation.

This could result in both property damage and personal injury if you proceed from a blind spot and hit someone or something.

Here’s an example of a busy intersection. Give yourself extra time and be extremely cautious at all times. Your overall visibility will be affected.

TSM Harry Hurley photo.
TSM Harry Hurley photo.

The public works crews at the local, county, and state levels have done a great job thus far. If your street hasn’t been plowed yet, you may take exception with this comment we understand.

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I want to take this opportunity to highlight Atlantic City, which usually gets a bad rap. The Atlantic City Public Works Department has done a highly commendable job.

I have received compliments on-air and off-air about the fine job that they’ve done with snow removal.

Here is another safety issue to be mindful of. Many roads that have been initially plowed … still have a layer of snow and ice remaining as it takes several passes to get all the way down to the blacktop.

Here’s exactly what you will be encountering:

TSM Harry Hurley photo.
TSM Harry Hurley photo.

When driving on roads like this, do not assume that you have positive traction. You can lose control at any time. Treat these current driving conditions with care, concern, and respect.

Also, be on the lookout for potholes. The snow, ice, salt, expansion, and contraction … heavy equipment and plows hitting the roads hard … it’s the perfect recipe for massive potholes.

Remember, these potholes may be filled with snow, ice, and water, so you won’t even see them coming at you at times.

Prepare for the pothole situation to get even worse in the run-up to Spring. Again, this is no one’s fault.

The early governmental response has been good. There’s still a long way to go.

Higher temperatures and rain later this week will also help to remove the snow.

It will also be important to make sure that your local storm drains are not covered up by snow.

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