NEW BRUNSWICK – With heavy snow on the way, city school officials ordered schools closed for Wednesday, and city police advised residents to get cars off streets and into parking decks.

Four city parking decks will be opened at 8 a.m. Wednesday for people to use to get their vehicles off streets during the storm.

“The purpose of snow facilities is to keep Snow Designated Routes open and clear to allow easy passage for emergency vehicles,” police said in an email announcement. Moving the cars also makes it easier for city workers to plow and salt the roads, police said.

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A list of the snow designated routes is available at www.njnbpa.org/parking-info/snow-parking.

Residents can park cars in the decks from 8 a.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday.

Police said residents can use the decks on Morris, Plum and New Street, and at the Wellness Plaza.

There are estimates that New Brunswick could be hit with up to 18 inches of snow.