Snow will likely fall over the northern half of the Garden State From Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning. There is also the possibility of strong winds of up to 60 mph which can cause blackouts and coastal flooding.
Murphy said this is expected to be a “major snowstorm” for the northern parts of the state but will affect the entire state in some way.
“This is going to be a statewide weather event,” said the governor during a press conference at the New Jersey Traffic Management and Technology Center at the New Jersey Turnpike in Woodbridge. “Every county is currently under either a watch or a warning of some kind.”
All non-essential state offices will also close at 1 PM
Declaring a state of emergency for the governor usually comes with stern warnings for people to turn off the roads, even though law enforcement officers do not have the authority of ticket drivers.
But the order enables first responders to block roads, evacuate homes, and seize equipment or other resources to protect public safety.
Additionally, after a high-impact storm, state officials are seeking financial help from the federal government to make repairs, and the emergency declaration is a required step in the process.
Officials said there were likely to be “blackout conditions” on the roads on Wednesday night, especially in the northern parts of the state.
“If you don’t have a good reason to get out, don’t go out,” said Murphy. “Don’t be tempted by fate here.”
Because so many people still work from home and many children are learning online during, Murphy said Corona Virus Pandemic, officials do not anticipate the usual cases after school and rush hours. This, he said, would allow transport workers to take care of the roads more easily.
“But if you’re on the road after the storm conditions have started, we urge you to take it slow and use common sense and caution,” said Murphy.
State Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez Skeketi said there would be approximately 4,000 diffusers and plowshares across the state operating on the roads.
She said the section also has a capacity of 100% salt. She added that workers drained roads on Tuesday wherever there was no salt from Monday’s storm.
“Our teams and contractors are ready for this winter and this storm,” said Gutierrez-Skkitti. “We know today that we are activating all assets for this storm.”
Officials said facilities were preparing for fallen trees and power outages – which is to be expected, especially in the northern part of the state, and they said facilities are preparing for crews from both inside New Jersey and outside the state.
Rain is expected to start in South Jersey late this morning and then move northeast, Central and North Jersey in the afternoon, according to National Weather Service.
It’s expected to get North Jersey At least 12 inches of snow, With declining totals in central and southern Jersey. It depends how much snow falls and where the rain / snow line is formed.
More rain and snow is likely in South Jersey, Murphy said, although there were concerns of coastal flooding as the tide rose Thursday morning.
He said the central part of the state would likely see a mixture of slush and snow, with a potential for snow ranging from 6 to 12 inches and “bad conditions.”
He said that North Jersey can see 12-18 inches with strong winds and blackouts.
they Winter Storm Warnings Effective for all or part of 13 of the 21 counties in New Jersey from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.
The The state Department of Transportation has also imposed travel restrictions on commercial vehicles Starting at 1 pm, along the following highways in both directions:
- I-78, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
- I-80, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
- I-195, from I-295 to NJ Route 138
- I-280, I-80 to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
- I-287, from NJ Route 440 to the New York state border
- I-295, from I-195 to Scudders Falls Bridge (Pennsylvania border)
- Route 440, from Outerbridge Crossing to I-287
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