UNION, NJ – Although Union County residents awoke to clear streets and sidewalks this morning, the area remains under a Winter Storm Watch until 4 a.m. Thursday.

The National Weather service increased the expected snowfall for the area, reporting that the heaviest snowfall will occur between noon and 8 p.m., according to the NWS’ morning update.

A total snow accumulation of eight to 14 inches is expected, with higher amounts possible. Heavy, wet snow will be accompanied by gale force winds later Wednesday afternoon, according to the NWS.

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“Travel will be very difficult to impossible, including during the evening commute,” the update reads. “Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.”

Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency on Tuesday. Union Public Schools are closed Wednesday.

Snow parking rules are in effect in Union.