Gov. Christie declared a state of emergency in New Jersey in anticipation of severe winter weather expected to arrive in New Jersey overnight.

The order authorized the closing of state offices on Wednesday for all nonessential employees.

"Tonight's winter weather is expected to produce snow and ice, creating hazardous travel conditions and affecting areas throughout the state that are already recovering from [Monday's] storm," Christie said in a statement. "I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations."

Tuesday night's storm was expected to continue into Wednesday afternoon, bringing additional snow and ice to areas that experienced significant snowfall on Monday. A potential mixture of hazardous travel conditions, fallen trees, power outages and flooding are anticipated.