Governor Phil Murphy just declared a state of emergency as New Jersey braces for another big coastal storm that could dump up to a foot of snow in parts of the state. The state of emergency is effective starting 8 p.m. today.
The storm is expected to bring a big mix of snow, rain and gusty winds.
Between 8 and 12 inches of heavy, wet snow are expected to accumulate across northern parts of New Jersey, starting tonight and continuing until tomorrow afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.
The governor’s declaration means people should stay off the roads to make way for law enforcement and emergency responders, but they won’t be ticketed if they do choose to drive.
The governor said he doesn’t “want folks to panic.” But stressed people should use good judgement.
“We urge you not to venture out into the storm,” he said. “If you do have to go outside, please exercise extreme caution.”