NEW BRUNSWICK - With the likelihood of more than a foot of snow set to dump on New Jersey, Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has declared a weather emergency closure for all three campuses: New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden.

School will be closed for students and all non-essential employees from 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 21 to 5 a.m. Thursday, March 22. Essential service employees are directed to remain at work or to report to work as scheduled, unless otherwise directed, during the closure.

This marks the second time this month that Rutgers has closed because of late winter snow. The last weather emergency closure was Wednesday, March 7, right before spring break.

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Between 13 and 17 inches of snow are expected in New Jersey.

According to the National Weather Service, travel "will be very difficult to impossible" Wednesday afternoon and evening, including during the evening commute on Wednesday. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are expected at times Wednesday afternoon and evening when visibility will be reduced to less than half a mile.

Power outages may develop from snow loads Wednesday afternoon and there may be some thunder snow.  

In the meantime, the mixed bag of wintry precipitation may let up or change.

There could be light freezing rain or rain later Tuesday evening before a change to snow Wednesday morning. Blowing snow is possible on Thursday.