Gov. Phil Murphy declared state of emergency for New Jersey beginning Sunday at 7 p.m. in response to the expected winter storm. Some parts of the state received up to two feet of snow.
Snow accumulation for the storm began Sunday afternoon, with the heaviest snow falling during the day on Monday, and hazardous conditions may continuing through Tuesday morning.
The executive order declared a state of emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed throughout the state during the duration of the storm.
State offices were closed on Monday and Tuesday. This did not include weather-essential employees. Private companies and businesses were asked to dismiss their employees at their own discretion. All six vaccine mega-sites were closed on Monday and Tuesday due to the storm.
All NJ TRANSIT buses, rail (except Atlantic City Rail Line), light rail and Access Link service were temporarily suspended systemwide for the entire service day on Monday due to the significant expected impacts of the snow storm.
“Heavy snow, coastal flooding, and high winds are expected in many parts of the state ,” said Murphy. “The safety of residents and workers is our utmost priority. Please follow all weather-related guidance and stay off the roads in order to allow access for emergency personnel.”
“The New Jersey Department of Transportation is coordinating with our regional and local transportation partners and the New Jersey State Police to ensure the most effective response to this storm,” said Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “We are grateful for the public’s assistance by staying at home and allowing transportation agencies to safely and efficiently clear roadways of snow and ice.”
Parts of New Jersey are expected to experience heavy snow, coastal flooding, and blizzard-like conditions. To prepare for the winter storm, the New Jersey State Police has activated the State Emergency Operations Center in order to monitor the storm. The New Jersey Department of Transportation, New Jersey Turnpike Authority, and South Jersey Transportation Authority will also deploy over 3,900 plows and spreaders to keep roads and communities safe.
The Governor encourages New Jerseyans to visit ready.nj.gov for important weather updates and safety information. New Jersey residents should also pay attention to local forecasts, warnings, and watches.
For those living in Central and Southern New Jersey, visit the U.S. National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly at http://www.weather.gov/phi/
For those living in Northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area, visit the U.S. National Weather Service New York, N.Y. at http://www.weather.gov/okx/
The Bergen, Burlington, and Gloucester County mega-site were pre-scheduled. Anyone with appointments at the Atlantic, Middlesex, or Morris mega-sites will receive a call from the health care partner at that site and be rescheduled within the week.