Gov. Murphy declares state of emergency for NJ ahead of Friday snowstorm
Gov. Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency for New Jersey ahead of a snowstorm.
Snow is expected to begin late Thursday night and will continue until around mid-morning on Friday. Parts of central New Jersey could see up to 9 inches of snow, while other areas may see 3-6 inches.
The salt barns are full and the plows are ready to go at the Woodbridge Department of Public Works yard.
“We have 85 snow plow vehicles ready to go,” says department director George Brew.
The township vehicles will join some 3,000 plows statewide that will be ready to remove the snow from the roads. State officials are not taking this storm lightly.
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“I do think it is fair to say this will be a good time to stay home,” Murphy said.
Murphy urged those who can to work from home on Friday. The storm could be at its peak during the morning rush.
“At certain times and in certain areas, snowfall rates may approach up to 2 inches per hour,” Murphy said. “And we anticipate wind gusts from 25-30 mph.”
It has been a busy week in New Jersey when it comes to winter weather. Parts of southern New Jersey saw over a foot of snow on Monday. Black ice caused over 260 crashes on roads throughout the state on Wednesday.
State officials are urging all New Jersey residents to stay off the roads on Friday.
“Leaving the roads as open as they can be really helps us clear the snore more quickly,” said Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti.
There is a commercial vehicle ban on interstate roadways. The restriction is in conjunction with the state of Pennsylvania.