NEW BRUNSWICK - With the heavy snow and dropping temperatures, New Brunswick police have initiated a "Code Blue" for Wednesday night.

More than eight inches of snow is predicted to fall in New Brunswick, with concerns about weakened power lines and falling trees. Meanwhile city school officials closed the schools for Thursday.

The late winter storm closed the local lanes on the northbound side of Route 18 because of ice conditions at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday, reopening by 7 p.m.

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The Henry Guest House, located at 58 Livingston Ave. (next to the New Brunswick Free Public Library) will be open overnight as a warming center between the hours of 7 p.m. tonight and 7 a.m. Thursday. 

Code Blue goes into effect when temperatures dip below 20 degrees and/or there is an accumulation of at least six inches of snow on the ground. Warming centers are opened to provide a warm and dry place for residents without adequate shelter. 

Space is limited. Doors will close at capacity or at 9 p.m. 

Volunteers are sought to assist with Code Blue shelter staffing. For more information, please visit https://goo.gl/forms/27I7ApLBOb1LZcqF2

Anyone in need of shelter or social services is encouraged to call 2-1-1 for assistance.