ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – A state of emergency has been placed in effect for Saturday by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura have requested that residents do not park on county roads from Saturday through Sunday this weekend. Keeping the roads open will make it easier to remove snow and enable public works crews to plow from curb to curb.

Weather forecasts indicate a significant snowstorm followed by rain and freezing temperatures will arrive Saturday night. The heavy snow and ice--which may be a larger threat on Sunday when temperatures plummet--may cause tree limbs and electrical to break. Officials are reminding residents not touch live wires or drive near them.

Most weekend scholastic sporting events in Essex County have been canceled or postponed, even many events that were scheduled for early Saturday. The first round of precipitation is forecast to reach the area sometime later in the afternoon.