Acting NJ Governor Declares State of Emergency

New Jersey's acting governor has declared a state of emergency in the wake of the powerful winter storm that roared into the state on Sunday.

State Senate President Steve Sweeney, who is filling in while Gov. Chris Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno are out of state, issued the order Sunday night.

State offices will open two hours late on Monday due to the winter storm.

The Atlantic County Office of Emergency Preparedness issued a travel ban of the county and municipal roads throughout Atlantic County due to poor visibility and deteriorating conditions.

New Jersey Department of Transportation said one person was killed in an accident on Route 206 in Morris County. There were a total of 125 accidents by Sunday night.

New Jersey Transit bus service was suspended as of 8:30 p.m. due to extreme weather conditions. Access Link paratransit service was also suspended and would remain suspended statewide on Monday, according to officials.

Early snow estimates range from six to 20 inches in most areas by the time the snow stops early Monday. Blizzard warnings remained in effect Sunday night for the eastern half of the state, while winter storm warnings were in place for western New Jersey.

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