Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Huge Storm Could Dump 14 Inches of Snow Here

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Huge Storm Could Dump 14 Inches of Snow Here

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After days of suspense over just how much snow we're in for, the National Weather Service says the winter storm from the South will bury North Jersey in as much as 14 inches of snow and ice before it's all over Friday morning.

On Wednesday evening, Governor Christie declared a state of emergency for the duration of the storm and closed all state offices. The declaration authorizes the state director of emergency management to coordinate response efforts with counties, municipalities and governmental agencies.

The Motor Vehicle Commission said Wednesday that all 39 offices, inspection stations and driver testing locations would be closed because of the storm.

As part of the state of emergency, Christie urged drivers to stay off the highways for the duration of the storm so that any emergency responders could get through if necessary. He warned of possible power failures from fallen limbs and downed wires.

And with supplies of road salt continuing to dwindle, Christie tweeted that the state had managed to bring in a few truckloads on Wednesday and would get more by next Wednesday.

"Snowfall will make travel treacherous," the weather service said in a winter weather warning. "Heavy, wet snow may cause some weak, flat-roof structures to collapse and tree branches will be susceptible to falling."

"The snow will come in two separate bouts, with a mix of snow, rain and ice in between," said David Stark, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

In addition, because of higher-than-normal tides caused by a full moon, "vulnerable low-lying coastal areas may be susceptible to minor flooding," Stark said. But the offshore direction of winds up to 18 miles an hour will help to blow tides away from coastal areas in North Jersey.

Overnight accumulations were expected to total an inch or two as temperatures fall into the low 20s, the weather service said, followed by snow and sleet before 1 p.m. then snow and freezing rain until 5 p.m., then snow, freezing rain, and sleet in the evening.

If that's not messy enough, the weather service said that tonight would bring more snow, freezing rain, and sleet, becoming all snow after midnight, with a low temperature around 29 degrees.

Friday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 39 and a chance of more snow after 8 p. …

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