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New Jersey in a state of emergency, messy morning traffic; Commercial vehicle ban on major highways, except NJ Turnpike – CBS New York

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Governor Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency in New Jersey as several inches of snow are expected in many parts of the state, resulting in a dangerous morning commute.

Commercial vehicles are banned on most major highways, but not along the New Jersey Turnpike, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported Friday.

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While Murphy declared a state of emergency, the National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings or advisories in all 21 counties.

State offices operate with a delayed opening at 11 a.m. Many schools announced snow days or other schedule changes.

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The congregations prepared themselves overnight. The Essex County’s Department of Public Safety said it was using more than 200 trucks to make sure the roads were clear.

Gusts of wind could contribute to the dangerous road conditions. As Governor Murphy said, the combination of wind and snow could lead to blackouts.

“Please understand that utility crews may not be able to safely step onto a bucket to fix a line in the midst of strong gusts,” Murphy said.

“Please take enough time not only to clear your car or to have snow and ice so that it doesn’t fly away and hit others. But give yourself plenty of time and space when driving between vehicles, ”said Shaun Golden, Monmouth County Sheriff.

Officials also said that you should stay home and away from the streets if possible.

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Stay tuned to CBS2, CBSN New York, and CBSNewYork.com for updates on the winter storm.

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