Christie declares State of Emergency as Juno Arrives

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie storm briefingWinter Storm Juno is already upon us, Save Jerseyans, with light snow falling across most of the Garden State at this hour, the first such major event of this season, and Governor Chris Christie is getting on a jump on the worst of the winter weather (expected overnight into Tuesday morning) by declaring a State of Emergency.

Executive Order 172 (view here) authorizes, in the Governor’s Office’s words, “the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies.” 

How bad will it be? Of course the weathermen are all guessing! What we know: it’ll likely be much worse at the Central Jersey Shore and extreme Northeast corner, for starters, where coastal-fed blizzard conditions (including high winds and flooding) might become a serious issue overnight. Computer models continue to vary widely, but the consensus seems to be that most of New Jersey is facing the possibility of a foot of snow by Tuesday morning:

“The impending weather conditions over the course of the afternoon will produce a variety of dangerous travel conditions throughout the state,” continued Governor Christie. “I’ve authorized state officials to take all necessary action in advance of the storm, and my Administration will continue monitoring conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. I encourage all New Jerseyans to use every caution as they travel today and to remain off the roads whenever possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”

Need more information? Check out Ready.gov, the official national emergency preparedness website chock-full of preparation tips. You can also check out the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter. NJ DOT is supposed to update its website with transit information here.

Be safe out there…

Here’s video of the Governor’s #Juno briefing:

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