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Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency Friday in light of the winter storm expected to pummel the Eastern Seaboard with snow throughout the weekend's start.
The order will take effect at 5 p.m. Friday and includes a commercial vehicle travel ban.
Murphy urged all residents to stay off the roads if possible.
"We expect low visibility and tough travel conditions," Murphy said at the Friday morning press conference. "So, let’s leave the roads empty for crews to do their jobs."
The storm is expected to have the biggest impact on the shore. Snow totals are expected to be higher east of the NJ Turnpike and lighten to the west.
Anywhere from 4-8 inches is possible for the northern part of the Garden State, while up to 18 inches are possible for Asbury Park — including along the entire New Jersey coastline— and 5-8 inches are possible in the southern part of the state.
"We are preparing for a significant snow event," Murphy said.
See projected inch counts: How much snow is expected in New Jersey this weekend?
Monmouth, eastern Burlington, Ocean, Cape May and Atlantic counties are under a blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service. Sussex and Warren counties are under a winter storm watch. All other counties are under a winter storm warning.
The warnings go into effect at 7 p.m. Friday and will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday, according to the weather service.
NJ Transit announced on Twitter that services will operate on a regular schedule as long as conditions allow. Residents can check service at njtransit.com.
President of the NJ Board of Public Utilities Joe Fiordaliso said customers of Atlantic City Electric and those in JCP&L’s southern-most coverage area are most likely to have service interruptions due to strong winds.
"We’re not trying to scare anyone," Fiordaliso said. "We’re just ensuring that you’re prepared."
Fiordaliso added that it is important to alert your service provider if anyone in your home requires the use of an electric medical device and that utility companies will prioritize restoring power to those homes.
“It’s important they know somebody in that house is in danger,” Fiordaliso said.
If you lose power, report it to your utility company immediately and do not assume someone else has, the governor advised.
Residents can call 211 or check Ready.nj.gov and state Twitter accounts for warnings and advisories from the state.
Nicholas Katzban is a breaking news reporter for NorthJersey.com. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter.
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