BERNARDS TWP., NJ  - The fourth Nor'easter of March has arrived, but the worst is yet to come later today. Yesterday, state, county and local officials took precautions and planned for the worst.

The worst includes about a foot of snow, accompanied by high winds, in Somerset County.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared a State of Emergency at 7 p.m. Tuesday. All state offices will be closed.

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Somerset County and township trucks were on the roads early Tuesday spreading salt; freezing rain coated roadways with ice late Tuesday before the snow began to fall.

Closings and cancellations in Basking Ridge, Somerset County and the area as of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday’s, March 20 include:

Bernards Township Schools.

Bernards Township Municipal Offices.

Bernards Township Library. All scheduled programs are cancelled or postponed.  Downloadable books, magazines and useful information from Library databases are still available.

Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione reminds residents to please curtail any unnecessary travel during the storm, so that emergency services and public works personnel can plow roadways and respond to emergencies. Click here for storm tips and information.

The county’s public transit was running this morning, but delays and/or cancellations of routes may occur as the storm progresses. Drivers will attempt to provide scheduled transportation to medical appointments as long as conditions permit. All of the centers serviced by county Transportation, including all dialysis centers, are closed today.

The Senior Wellness Centers in Bernards, along with five other senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services will be closed in Montgomery, Quail Brook, Warrenbrook and the Senior Wellness Centers in Hillsborough and Bridgewater.

There will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries on Wednesday.  Clients are asked to use non-perishable meals sent out earlier in the season. If clients do not have frozen meals, or if they have lost power, they can use Heater Meals, shelf-stable meals that come in an orange box.  Directions for heating are on the box. Heater Meals are NOT intended for use in a microwave oven. 

The Office on Aging and Disability Services and the Office of Veterans Services, both located in the Department of Human Services building at 27 Warren St. in Somerville, will be closed. 

Older adults and caregivers needing information or assistance may call 908-704-6346 or toll free1-888-747-1122 to speak with an Office on Aging & Disability Services specialist. 

The Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center in Bridgewater will be closed; for psychiatric emergencies, call Bridgeway Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (PESS) at (908) 526-4100.

The “A Matter of Balance” training sessions scheduled for March 21 and 22 have been cancelled and are rescheduled for Monday, April 23,and Wednesday, April 25. The free two-day workshop will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Somerset County Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater, located at 876 East Main Street, near TD Bank Ballpark.

A Matter of Balance is designed to help participants learn to manage their concerns about falls by making their environment safer, increasing their strength and balance with physical activity and learning ways to protect themselves if they do fall.

The Somerset County Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater is operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services.

Raritan Valley Community College will be closed Wednesday. All classes and campus events have been cancelled.

Rutgers University will close all offices and cancel all classes on the New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses as of 8 a.m. Wednesday and reopen at 5 a.m. Thursday, March 22. Classes will resume first period at each campus.

NJ Transit is operating its Severe Weather Schedule Level 1 on its rail system as significant heavy, wet snow accumulation is expected throughout the state.

Cross-honoring is in effect on NJ TRANSIT bus, private bus carriers, rail, light rail and PATH at Newark, Hoboken and 33rd St. in New York.

All NJ TRANSIT bus service statewide, including to and from NY PABT, will be suspended at 3 p.m. due to weather conditions.

Major airlines have been canceling flights out of Newark Liberty International Airport as well as Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports in New York City.

This information will be updated as new information is received.