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New Jersey entered a State of Emergency today (January 28) at 5:00 p.m. in preparation for the winter storm forecasted to impact the state with severe weather conditions.Executive Order No. 285 declares a State of Emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed throughout the state during the duration of the storm.

“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 Governor Murphy in a press release. “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. ”

“Troopers are ready to assist residents and commuters throughout the state, both on and off of the highways, for the duration of the storm should they be needed,” said New Jersey State Police Superintendent and State Director of Emergency Management Colonel Patrick Callahan. “We cannot do it without you, and we ask you stay off the roads if possible so plow crews can do their jobs. Please use caution when traveling and prepare an emergency kit for use at home and for your vehicle. Don’t forget to check on your neighbors and lend a hand if you are able.”

The Governor encourages New Jerseyans to visit ready.nj.gov for important weather updates and safety information.