Some of New Jersey’s most heavily populated areas might get the worst of the snowstorm bearing down on the region.
Up to a foot of snow could fall on some areas across the northern part of the state but only 3 inches in Atlantic City and 4 near Philadelphia. The storm is also expected to pack winds up to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.
National Weather Service meteorologist Dean Iovino said the variation of snowfall amounts has to do with the track of the storm, which is expected to intensify just to the southwest of New Jersey and get harsher as it moves to the northeast.
Highway and transit agencies were gearing up for the storm.
The state Department of Transportation was mobilizing 1,400 snowplows and 450 salt spreaders, and NJ Transit buses and trains stood ready to cross-honor tickets on Friday and Saturday.
The Port Authority was assembling extra staff to keep airports, bridges and tunnels open.
In Hoboken, the site of flooding from Superstorm Sandy, city officials were offering car owners with resident parking permits to park at a discounted rate at some parking garages.