Gov. Phil Murphy declares state of emergency for New Jersey ahead of nor'easter

"The anticipated winter storm is forecasted to bring heavy snowfall and high wind gusts statewide," Murphy said.
TRENTON, New Jersey (WPVI) -- Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency for New Jersey ahead of a nor'easter that could drop 18 inches of snow along the Jersey Shore.

"The anticipated winter storm is forecasted to bring heavy snowfall and high wind gusts statewide, with blizzard conditions in some areas of New Jersey," said Murphy. "Road crews will be deployed throughout the state for salting and snow plowing purposes. Residents should take extreme caution, stay off the roads, remain vigilant, and follow all safety protocols. "



A Blizzard Warning is also in effect for the Jersey Shore. It goes into effect at 7 p.m. Friday and continues through 7 p.m. Saturday.



The Blizzard Warning includes: Atlantic; Atlantic Coastal Cape May; Cape May; Coastal Atlantic; Coastal Ocean; Eastern Monmouth; Ocean; Southeastern Burlington; Western Monmouth in New Jersey.

Murphy said warming centers are open across the state and anyone in need of a place to stay should dial 211.



Officials said they are also concerned with the potential for high winds to bring down power lines.

Anyone who loses power should report it immediately. If you see a downed power line, stay clear of it and call it in, Murphy said.

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