Blizzard conditions likely

With a forecast of heavy snow and winds more than 45 mph, blizzard conditions, and a record snowfall are possible for the first day of spring.

Governor Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency for New Jersey beginning Tuesday at 7 p.m in anticipation of a winter storm– the fourth nor’easter in three weeks — that will hit the region Wednesday, with heavy snow and winds.

If forecasts hold up, the nor’easter will dump more snow on Washington, Philadelphia and New York than the three earlier storms combined. Snow will begin to fall by daybreak Wednesday. Ten to 18 inches is forecast before the storm departs early Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

More than 70 million people are under a winter storm watch, warning or advisory from the southern Appalachians to Boston.

All state offices will be closed on Wednesday, March 21, due to inclement weather conditions. Public schools in New York City, Philadelphia and the District of Columbia are closed Wednesday.

Travel advisories were issued and Amtrak announced modified service. Nearly 2,800 flights Wednesday to and from the New York City area, Philadelphia and Boston have been canceled, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.

Non-essential personnel should not report to work their normal shift. Essential employees should report on schedule. Please notify appropriate members of your agency.

Residents are encouraged to comply with orders and guidance from their local emergency management and government officials.

New Jersey State Police will be out on patrol as always. However, please do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary.

Officials said If you must drive, take it slow, use caution, and leave extra time to get to your destination.

There is no travel ban at this time. The State Emergency Operations Center says it will be open throughout the storm.

Some locations along the Jersey Shore could see tides 2-3 feet above average, putting them above flood stage. This will put a strain on already vulnerable areas along the coastline, which saw dramatic storm surge from the first two nor’easters.


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