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Travel Ban Lifted, Storm Not As Severe As Predicted

While roads may be slippery and our readers will still have to shovel their driveways, the first major snow storm of the year turned out to be much less severe than predicted.

"The storm has moved further east and will be departing faster than our forecasts of the past two days," a post on the National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly Facebook page states. "The result is a much more manageable than expected snow event, at least in our area. The worst of the snow this morning should be in New Jersey where untreated surfaces are slippery with areas of snow and blowing snow."

The National Weather Service and other forecasters predicted up to 2 feet of snow for the area, but the Jersey Shore appears to have received just a few inches in most areas.

"The science of forecasting storms, while continually improving, still can be subject to error, especially if we're on the edge of the heavy precipitation shield," The National Weather Service post said. "Efforts, including research, are already underway to more easily communicate that forecast uncertainty."

A travel ban that was put in effect at 11 p.m. on Monday night, Jan. 26, has been lifted for all counties, according to the New Jersey State Police.

All local schools are closed today as many announced their decision to do so on Monday afternoon.

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