HACKENSACK, NJ -- Earlier on Monday, Governor Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey will enter a state of emergency beginning tonight at midnight ahead of the winter storm, which is expected to start tonight and continue throughout the day Tuesday. Executive Order No. 55 declares a state of emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed throughout the state during the duration of the storm.

All Hackensack public schools will be closed, according to the Hackensack BOE.

“As we prepare for a winter storm in New Jersey, we are urging New Jersey residents to stay off the roads to avoid dangerous driving conditions,” said Governor Murphy. “We will continue to actively monitor the storm and are prepared to deploy any resources to help with any storm-related issues.”

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New Jersey is expected to experience several inches of snow and some icing throughout the northern and central part of New Jersey. There may be a potential wintry mix of snow and sleet that may transition to rain in southern parts of the state.

In preparation for the winter storm, the New Jersey State Police will activate the State Emergency Operations Center tonight in order 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.