The updated forecasts for New Jersey show show forecasters expecting between 8-10 inches of snow in most areas of the state. Earlier forecasts maxed out at 8 inches for New Jersey.
This upgrading of the storm now calls for 6-8 inches of snow for Cape May, Ocean City, Atlantic City and many other coastal areas that earlier forecasts ranged from 4-6 inches.
The bulk of the snow has fallen from this storm system but additional flurries are expected.
Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm making the clearing of major roads a top priority. The storm now underway is considered very dangerous due to blizzard conditions in some areas, lessening visibility and plunging the wind chill to below zero.
Thursday in preparation for the storm, which is expected to produce near blizzard conditions in places along the shore and in northwestern New Jersey.
The governor authorized the closing of state offices Friday for all non-essential workers. State courthouses were closed Friday, as were Trenton city offices for non-essential workers. New Jersey Transit announced it would cross-honor all tickets Thursday and Friday.
The snow is expected to continue through Friday afternoon, bringing significant accumulation, low visibility and frigid temperatures. Most of the state is under a winter storm warning.
The National Weather Service warned of strong winds and dangerously cold wind chills.
Latest snow total predictions for South and Central New Jersey counties
Atlantic County, including Hammonton 6-10 inches
Coastal Atlantic County, including Atlantic City 4-8 inches
Northwestern Burlington County, including Moorestown 6-10 inches
Southeastern Burlington County, including Wharton State Forest 8-12 inches
Hunterdon County, including Flemington 6-10 inches
Camden County 6-10 inches
Cape May County, including Cape May Court House 4-8 inches
Eastern Cape May County, including Ocean City 3-5 inches
Cumberland County 6-10 inches
Gloucester County 6-10 inches
Mercer, including Princeton 6-10 inches
Western Monmouth, including Freehold 8-12 inches
Eastern Monmouth, including Sandy Hook 6-10 inches
Ocean County, including Jackson 6-10 inches
Coastal Ocean County, including LBI 4-8 inches
Salem County 6-10 inches
Somerset County, including Somerville 6-10 inches