TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey state offices have been shuttered as the state prepares for another strong nor’easter.

Non-essential employees were told to stay home Wednesday, one day after Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency. Many schools are also closed.

Meanwhile, about 30,000 utility customers are without power. Most of them lost their service when another destructive nor’easter hit the state last Friday. And officials say that Wednesday’s storm will likely result in a new round of outages.

The new storm is expected to drop several inches of snow across most of the state, with up to 2 feet possible in northwestern areas. But the winds won’t be as strong as last week’s system.

Southern coastal areas will likely see just rain, with a little snow mixed in.

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