NJ winter storm State of Emergency as blizzard hits

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy issued a State of Emergency for the nor'easter winter storm that could bring well more than a foot of snow to portions of the state by Saturday evening.

The order went into effect at 5 p.m. Friday, and includes a commercial vehicle travel restriction on multiple highways.

Gov. Murphy urged residents to stay home if possible, and leave roads empty. Murphy had asked that residents stock up before snow began to fall.

"The anticipated winter storm is forecasted to bring heavy snowfall and high wind gusts statewide, with blizzard conditions in some areas of New Jersey," said Governor Murphy. "Road crews will be deployed throughout the state for salting and snow plowing purposes. Residents should take extreme caution, stay off the roads, remain vigilant, and follow all safety protocols."

The snow began falling in New Jersey around 7 p.m. Friday, with flakes continuing to fall into Saturday afternoon.  The worst of the storm is expected to be until 11 a.m. on Saturday.


Blowing snow could create potential issues with travel and limit visibility. NJ Blizzard Warnings are posted for coastal counties.

Communities close to the shore could see up to 16 inches of snow.  In coastal areas of southern New Jersey more than 10" of snow had fallen by dawn on Saturday.

Interior areas of New Jersey could see 7-10 inches.

In Ocean City, Mayor Jay Gillian pre-emptively addressed an enduring peeve of snowbound homeowners: plow trucks burying driveways that residents had just dug out of.

"The plows cannot work without creating snow banks," he dryly reminded in a post on the city’s website. "You may have to clear your driveway or parked vehicle more than once."

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