TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency for New Jersey ahead of the expected snowstorm.

“Tonight’s storm is expected to produce travel hazards and potentially cause power outages throughout the state,” said Gov. Christie. “I’ve authorized state officials to take all necessary action to prepare.”

Wednesday’s rain is expected to change into snow as temperatures drop during the evening hours. Parts of New Jersey could see up to 8 inches of snow.

The governor’s declaration authorizes the state director of emergency management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts with all county and municipal agencies.

“My administration will continue monitoring conditions throughout the remainder of the storm,” Gov. Christie said.

Road conditions are expected to be affected by the snow and ice, so the governor urges all drivers to use extreme caution while traveling around the state.