- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jerseyans were bracing for another major winter storm that could drop nearly a foot of snow in southern areas and was also due to usher in another round of bitter cold that was expected to produce subzero wind chills.

“I’m starting to feel like a bowling pin. One storm knocks us down, then another one comes along and knocks us down again,” Patrick Sanford said as he bought coffee at a Jackson Township convenience store on Sunday morning. “And when it hasn’t been snowing, the cold has been brutal. Our winters usually are not that bad, but every now and then you get one like this.”

Monday morning’s commute was expected to be very messy, with the snow and strong winds combining to reduce visibilities and make travel treacherous. The snow should finally end in most areas by early Monday afternoon, though southern areas could continue to see snow until around dusk.

Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency and said that state offices will be closed Monday for all non-essential employees.

New Jersey Transit announced it will be cross-honoring bus, rail and light rail tickets on Monday. All of those services will operate on regular weekday schedules, but storm-related delays and disruptions are possible, and the Access Link Paratransit Service will be suspended statewide on Monday.

Northern areas could see 1 to 2 inches of snow, while 4 to 6 inches are expected in central Jersey. Southern areas should see up to 10 inches of snow.

Forecasters say that as the storm leaves the state on Monday afternoon, it will help usher in brutally cold temperatures statewide. Lows Monday night are expected to be in the single digits, with subzero wind chills expected in most areas.

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