NEW JERSEY - A state of emergency took effect at 5 a.m. this morning in anticipation of a winter storm that is forecast to drop several inches of snow in certain areas of New Jersey before turning to freezing rain and eventually all rain overnight. Accumulations will depend on the area and temperatures are expected to rise into the 50s on Thursday.

“As a winter storm is expected to impact our State, we are urging residents of New Jersey to drive with caution and use their best judgment during this time,” said Governor Murphy. “We are actively monitoring the storm and are prepared to deploy any resources available to ensure the safety of the roads.”

The New Jersey State Police activated the State Emergency Operations Center at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20 and more than 2,500 plows and spreaders are prepared to hit Garden State roadways today.