Gov. Christie declares state of emergency

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TRENTON - With severe winter weather expected to last through Wednesday morning, Gov. Chris Christie today declared a state of emergency.

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

Weather forecasts call for up to 15 inches of snow along the New Jersey Turnpike and more than 6 inches of snow elsewhere. Temperatures are predicted to drop into the single digits overnight. Those temperatures will combine with gusty winds to create below-zero wind chills during the morning hours Wednesday, Jan. 22.

“Today’s winter storm is expected to produce heavy snow, dangerous conditions and travel hazards throughout the state,” Christie said. “I’ve authorized state officials to take all necessary action to prepare, and my administration will continue monitoring conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. I encourage all New Jerseyans to stay off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”

The storm is expected to affect all of New Jersey with heavy snowfall, gusty winds and below-zero wind chills through Wednesday morning.

A potential mixture of hazardous travel conditions, fallen trees and power outages and coastal, stream and river flooding are anticipated, Christie said.

A copy of the governor’s executive order declaring the state of emergency will be available online shortly.

There are no travel restrictions in place.

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