ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Watch for the area, which is in effect from Saturday morning through Sunday morning.

In addition to Essex County, the Blizzard Watch includes New York City, coastal portions of northeast New Jersey, and Long Island.

The storm is expected to bring heavy snow with accumulations of eight to twelve inches, accompanied by "strong and potentially damaging winds"  of 25 to 35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph, according to the weather alert.

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Storm impacts include reduced visibility and extremely dangerous travel. The alert warns "whiteout conditions likely" and that "secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable."

The storm brings the possibility of downed trees, branches, and power lines. 

The Red Cross has issued winter safety tips, which includes charging cell phones and having flashlights accessible in case of a power outage.

As of Thursday, Jan. 21, there have been no reports received of activities or events that have been cancelled in the two towns, and TAP into SOMA will continue to update weather impacts as cancellations are expected. For the latest news, like the TAP into SOMA Facebook page here. To report cancellations, email