A Winter Storm Warning is in effect today as the fourth major March nor'easter approaches. The storm could dump as much as 15 inches of snow in Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Essex and Union counties today. The Jersey Shore and South Jersey, as well as central and northwestern areas, could see as much as 17 inches of heavy snow, and coastal areas of Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean counties are under flood warnings until 5 a.m. on Thursday.
Governor Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency for NJ. It allows the State Director of Emergency Management to activate necessary response efforts. The Emergency Operations Center of the New Jersey State Police is now running around-the-clock operations, and all state offices are closed today. Meanwhile P-S-E and G is expecting outages across the state. Electricity issues are likely due to the stresses already inflicted by the last three winter storms. The power company is bringing in crews from five other states and Canada to help.
Mass transit is being impacted ahead of the latest nor'easter. Metro North and NJ Transit are operating on reduced schedules, while Amtrak is operating on a modified schedule. PATH and the Long Island Railroad are operating on regular weekday schedules, but LIRR officials say to expect delays. PATH is cross-honoring NJ Transit tickets.