SOMERSET, NJ - With less than three weeks until the first day of Spring, central New Jersey is poised to deal with the first significant snowstorm of the winter, with forecasters predicting between five to  8 inches of snow beginning late afternoon Sunday, before ending around 4 a.m. Monday.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey will enter a state of emergency beginning Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. ahead of the expected winter storm.across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed throughout the state during the duration of the storm.

“New Jersey will be expecting another winter storm today and tomorrow," Murphy said. “The safety of our residents is our top priority, and we urge everyone to be informed of weather conditions and to stay off the roads so that we are able to deploy available resources to clean the snow.”

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New Jersey State Police will activate the State Emergency Operations Center on at 3 p.m. Sunday to monitor the storm. The New Jersey Department of Transportation will also deploy more than 2,500 plows and spreaders to keep roads and communities safe.

The Governor encourages New Jerseyans to visit ready.nj.gov for important weather updates and safety information. New Jersey residents should also pay attention to local forecasts, warnings, and watches.

For those living in Central and Southern New Jersey, visit the U.S. National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly at http://www.weather.gov/phi/

For those living in Northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area, visit the U.S. National Weather Service New York, N.Y. at http://www.weather.gov/okx/

If power outages occur customers are urged to report an outage by either calling 1-800-436-7734 or sending a text alert via texting OUT to 4PSEG (47734).

The utility offers customers a number of ways to stay in touch and informed before, during and after a storm. These tools can be found at PSE&G’s mobile-friendly website www.pseg.com in the “Storm Center.” Updated every 15 minutes, PSE&G’s mobile-friendly “Outage Map” displays the location and status of power outages.

The Township of Franklin issued the following alert:

In anticipation of today’s snowstorm (Sunday, 3/3/19 into Monday, 3/4/19), The Franklin Township Police Department and Department of Public Works would like to remind all residents that parking on snow emergency routes is prohibited. This allows crews to clear the roadways in a safe and efficient manner. Municipal Ordinance 226-9 states, “Whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers the street or highway, an emergency shall exist and no vehicle shall be parked on the streets or highways…” 

In addition we request that wherever possible residents park their vehicles off non-emergency routes as well to facilitate the snow removal process.

In the event that roadways become snow covered, vehicles that are parked on any of the below streets will be subject to summons and removal at the owner’s expense: 

Abbot Road 
Apgar Drive 
Appleman Road 
Arthur Avenue 
Baier Avenue 
Belmar Street 
Bennington Parkway 
Berger Street (JFK Blvd. to Arthur Ave) 
Bloomfield Ave 
Bunkerhill Road 
Canal Road (Elm Street to Bunkerhill Road) 
Canal Road (Griggstown Causeway to Georgetown-Franklin Turnpike) 
Canal Road (Bunkerhill Rd to Griggstown Causeway) 
Cedar Grove Lane 
Central Avenue (South of Bennington Parkway) 
Charles Street 
Claremont Road 
Clyde Road 
Demott Lane 
Douglas Avenue 
Drake Road 
Elizabeth Avenue 
Elmwood Street 
Foxwood Drive 
Georgetown-Franklin Turnpike 
Hamilton Street 
Highland Avenue 
Hillview Avenue (South of Bennington Parkway) 
Irvington Avenue (Highland Ave to Elmwood St) 
Johnson Road 
Laurel Avenue 
Link Road 
MacAfee Road 
Market Street 
Matilda Avenue 
Mettlers Road 
New Brunswick Road 
Phillips Road (Franklin Blvd to Baier Avenue) 
Pierce Street 
Shaw Drive 
Somerset Street (North side from New Brunswick border to Main Street) 
Union Ave (Laurel Ave to Shaw Drive) 
Vanderbilt Avenue 
Vliet Road 
Weston Canal Road (Manville Causeway to Rt 287) 
Weston Canal Road (Manville Causeway to Weston Road) 
Weston Road 
Willow Avenue (New Brunswick Rd to Easton Ave) 
Winston Drive 
Wortman Street (Welshes Lane to Amwell Road)

Edtor's Note: This story will be updated with news of any closings or delayed openings at schools and government offices.

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