Watch CBS News

New Jersey Officials Warn Storm Will Bring Dangerous Mix Of Snow, Freezing Rain And Strong Winds

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Gov. Phil Murphy says the New Jersey Turnpike will be the dividing line for Sunday night's storm in New Jersey.

Murphy said "things are going to be wet, windy and messy," in places north and west of the highway.

Areas east and south are expected to see mostly rain, along with strong winds up to 50 miles per hour.

LINKCheck The Latest Forecast

"In the southern part of the state and along the Shore, our major concern is going to be with the wind, which could bring down trees and power lines," the governor said.

WATCH: Gov. Phil Murphy Gives Storm Update --

The shift from snow to freezing rain will make for poor driving conditions.

"If, like the governor said, you're north and west of the Turnpike, you will most likely see some snow and wintry mix. We ask you to drive with tremendous caution," said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. "But even if you are south and east of the Turnpike line, with all the water that is predicted to come down, we ask everybody to maintain posted speeds, to drive carefully and keep appropriate distances."

LINK: Winter Storm Survival Guide

Murphy has not declared a state of emergency, but urged people to use caution.

"This storm... will not go in the record books for accumulation of snow. God willing, it won't go in the record books for other reasons," he said. "But it is a pretty lethal mix of a lot of stuff, depending on where you are. They'll look like snow, freezing rain, sleet, heavy rains, potential high tides, high winds up and down the state."

As CBS2's Kevin Rincon reports, the Department of Transportation has 2,000 employees working overnight with equipment such as salt spreaders, plows and tow trucks.

"Tonight would be a good night to stay put," Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. "If you are out, please be patient. Take your time."

Stick with CBS2, CBSN New York and for the latest forecast and weather alerts. 

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.