TRENTON, N.J., (CBS) – Due to the forecast, Governor Chris Christie has authorized a delayed opening of 11 a.m. for all non-essential state employees in New Jersey on Tuesday.

The governor says this will allow ample time for roadways, parking lots and sidewalks to be cleared and made safe for travel during the morning commute.

Essential employees should report to work on their regular schedule.

“Tonight’s winter storm is expected to last through tomorrow morning, bringing additional snow and creating hazardous travel conditions for the morning commute,” said Gov. Christie in a statement. “I strongly encourage all New Jerseyans to drive slowly and exercise caution on the roads tonight and tomorrow morning. I thank our state’s transportation crews and first responders for their tireless efforts to keep our residents safe.”

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