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Christie Declares State of Emergency

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency in preparation for a winter storm that’s headed for New Jersey.

The governor also authorized the closing of state offices on Friday for all non-essential workers.

State offices and courthouses will be closed today, as will municipal offices in several affected towns. In addition, New Jersey Transit is cross-honoring all tickets.

The storm is expected to bring significant accumulation, low visibility and frigid temperatures. Most of the state is under a winter storm warning, with forecasters expecting 6 to 10 inches to fall in northwestern New Jersey by Friday, 4 to 8 in areas close to New York City and 4 to 6 in southern New Jersey. Strong winds and dangerously cold wind chills could accompany the storm.

The National Weather Service says there could be near-blizzard conditions at times along the shore and in northwestern New Jersey.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

For the latest on the winter storm, check out Alan Kasper’s forecast.

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