Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency for New Jersey Monday due to the winter storm.

Christie's office noted that the severe winter weather is expected to result in dangerous travel conditions for several days.

The governor also authorized a staggered dismissal for all non-essential state employees to help alleviate traffic congestion Monday afternoon.

“Today’s winter storm is expected to produce heavy snow and travel hazards throughout the state, affecting tonight’s evening commute,” said Christie. “I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”