Newark, NJ--In anticipation of a late winter Nor'easter hitting Newark Wednesday, Mayor Ras Baraka has declared a state of emergency in the city starting at 8 p.m. tonight.

Between four and eight inches are expected in the Newark area.

Bulk pick-up has been cancelled and alternate side parking rules will not be enforced. Residents are encouraged to park on the even side of the street and use and share driveways to allow snow removal services to be fully executed.

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Newark Public Schools has announced that all schools and the Central Office will be closed Wednesday. All after school and evening activities are also canceled. Essex County College will also be closed Wednesday.

“Winter weather is once again challenging the people of Newark and we will once again meet this challenge with the professionalism of our municipal emergency operations team and first responders and the unity of our people,” Baraka said. “I urge my fellow Newark residents to take precautions, follow our ordinances and stay informed.”

Gov. Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency, while winter storm warnings have been posted for much of northern and central New Jersey through early Thursday morning.

Up to 18 inches of snow are expected in some parts of the state for Wednesday into Thursday.

‍Newark's Department of Public Safety is coordinating responses to weather-related emergencies and other incidents through the combined use of Police and Fire Divisions, Office of Emergency Management Personnel, and other city services at the Emergency Operations Center.  

Residents are encouraged to park on the even side of the street and use and share driveways to allow snow removal services to be fully executed.