Murphy declares state of emergency ahead of snow storm

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Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency to take effect for all of New Jersey to take effect at 10 p.m. Thursday, when a nor'easter is expected to dump 3-6 inches of snow across the area.

The emergency order will include travel restrictions on highways, specifically banning commercial truck traffic on interstates that run through central and south New Jersey into Pennsylvania, and urges all residents to stay home through Friday.

Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, the acting transportation commissioner, added that anyone who is able, should work from home or take public transportation to their job in order to keep the roads clear for snow removal after the storm passes on Friday.

Gutierrez-Scaccetti said the state will not treat its roads with brine, as there is still enough residual salt left on DOT maintained highways from the past couple days, when the department salted roads to melt the freezing rain that fell earlier in the week.

However, counties and municipal public works departments may still treat the local roads under their jurisdiction.

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How much is it supposed to snow?

The snow is likely to start at 10 p.m., but will ramp up after midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

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While forecasts call for 3.5 to 4 inches in the northeast part of the state and as much as 6 inches along the shore and south jersey, Gutierrez-Scaccetti warned the actual accumulation could be more but probably not less.

"The one thing we know about mother nature, she doesn't call first," Gutierrez-Scaccetti said.

Adding to the danger are wind gusts expected to reach 30 to 40 mph, which could topple trees and down power lines.

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If your home or business loses service, Murphy said to call your utility company immediately and not assume another customer on your grid has already flagged the issue.

"The utility does not know you have a power outage," explained Joe Fiordaliso, the president of New Jersey's board of public utilities, "You have to tell them."

But, Murphy pleaded with residents to remain patient in the event of an outage, noting that utility workers may not be able to use their cranes to repair wires in such strong wind conditions.

Nicholas Katzban is a breaking news reporter for NorthJersey.com. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter.

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This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: State of emergency issued by Gov. Murphy due to NJ snow storm

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