With Monday’s severe winter weather expected to result in dangerous travel conditions for several days, Governor Chris Christie  declared a State of Emergency and authorized a staggered dismissal from work for all non-essential state employees.

"I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations,” said the governor in a news release.

“Today’s winter storm is expected to produce heavy snow and travel hazards throughout the state, affecting tonight’s evening commute,” warned the governor. “I’ve authorized state officials to take all necessary action to prepare, and my administration will continue monitoring conditions throughout the remainder of the storm.

The storm is expected to bring heavy snow and mixed precipitation throughout the state. A potential mixture of hazardous travel conditions, fallen trees and power outages and coastal, stream and river flooding are anticipated.

The staggered dismissal schedule for state workers, which began at noon, is intended to help alleviate traffic congestion and reduce travel hazards.

Christie authorized 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.