WESTFIELD, NJ — Due to the downed trees and power lines in town, Westfield Public Schools will be closed Thursday, the district announced Wednesday night.

On Wednesday afternoon, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman warned people to stay indoors.

“We’re under a state of emergency and people should stay off the roads. The roadways are very slippery and hazardous,” Wayman said. “Due to the heavy snow, wires and trees are coming down around town, so people should remain in their homes to stay safe.”

According to PSE&G, downed wires should always be considered “live” and people should not approach or drive over a downed line or touch anything that it might be in contact with, but that they should call 9-1-1 if they see one. Power outages should be reported to PSE&G by calling 1-800-436-7734.