New Jersey bracing for latest round of winter weather

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A state of emergency is in effect for New Jersey as residents brace for another round of winter weather that’s expected to create a messy afternoon commute.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy declared the emergency late Tuesday and it took effect at 5 a.m. Wednesday. The order came as forecasters warned that the storm could drop anywhere from 1 to 4 inches of snow across the state before the precipitation changes over to a wintry mix.

Most of New Jersey is under a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service. Many schools have canceled classes for Wednesday or plan to hold early dismissals.

The snow is expected to start late Wednesday morning and continue through most of the day. It should eventually turn to rain by early Wednesday night.