BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather warning with the potential for between 5 and 12 inches of snow to fall Thursday.

The snow is expected to start around midnight and last through early Thursday, beginning as rain, changing to a wintry mix and then becoming snow. Most of the snow is expected to fall between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

According to the National Weather Service report, winds will range from 10 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour, with gusts up to 30 miles per hour.

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The Bridgewater Township Police Department has already activated the emergency alert page, and will be posting updates there, on Facebook and on Twitter. According to a report released from the department, it is expected to be a messy Thursday morning commute, and residents are advised to stay home.

For those who must travel, police are advising drivers to leave plenty of time.

No vehicles are allowed to be parked on any roads in town that are designated as snow emergency routes, and any vehicles parked there are subject to ticket and tow at the owner's expense.

Residents are asked to remove any vehicles from the roadway to assist the Department of Public Works in removing the snow.

According to Raritan Police, residents are being asked to remove their vehicles from the roadways as early as possible, and additional off street parking is available in the Raritan Mall parking lot, near Route 206.

Raritan Valley Community College has already announced it will be closed Thursday.