TRENTON, N.J. — New Jerseyans are bracing for a winter storm that could drop several inches of snow in coastal areas and cause dangerous subzero wind chills.

The snow should start Wednesday night and continue through most of Thursday.

Southern coastal areas will be the hardest hit, with 4 to 8 inches of snow expected. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Ocean counties and southeastern Burlington County.

Monmouth County was under a winter storm watch, with 3 to 6 inches possible. And 2 to 5 inches was predicted for Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties, which were under a winter weather advisory.

Winds should grow stronger during the day Thursday, with gusts reaching up to 45 mph. That could cause wind chills as low as 15 degrees below zero on Thursday night.

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