TRENTON — What Meteorologist Dan Zarrow is calling a "snow bomb" will unload on New Jersey during the Thursday morning commute.

Rain will begin transitioning to snow quickly from north to south, and could drop as much as an inch of hour on the ground in some parts of New Jersey.

"The snow going to just pour out of the sky, in a very short period of time," Zarrow said.

Many schools around the state have canceled classes, although a few have only delayed the start of school and have noted they will change their status by 7 a.m.

State offices are closed on Thursday, and only essential state employees should report to work on their regular schedule, according to Gov. Chris Christie.

 

6:15 a.m.

Speed on the New Jersey Turnpike was reduced 45 mph between exit no. 8 in East Windsor and the George Washington Bridge and on the Parkway from Asbury Park to the New York State line.

NJ Transit reports 15 minute delay on all rail service due to the snow. Also: system wide cross honoring is in effect between bus, rail and light rail.

Power outages are minimal around the state are minimal according to JCP&L, PSE&G and Atlantic City Electric's respective outage maps

334 departing flights from Newark have already been canceled for today according to FlightAware.com

Brick, Toms River and Jackson school districts have changed their status from delayed opening to closed.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.