Christie Lifts Travel Ban in New Jersey, NJ Transit Resumes Service

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New Jersey starting digging out, roads reopened and mass transit started working to get back on schedule Tuesday as a winter storm that was predicted to bring several feet of snow to parts of the state fell short of predictions.

Forecasters were planning to re-evaluate their storm models after the state received more of a glancing blow as the storm carried its heaviest snow and strongest winds north of the region.

"The system tracked a little farther east, so it's something that we're going to evaluate after the fact and see what can do better next time," said Jim Bunker, the observing program leader at the National Weather Service forecasting office in Mount Holly.

Gov. Chris Christie lifted the ban on travel statewide at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. The restrictions were put in place on Monday night to aid plowing and to reflect a ban that was in effect in neighboring New York.

Christie cautioned motorists to remain off the roads unless they had to travel.

NJ Transit buses resumed service, but trains were awaiting federal inspections before they could resume rolling on modified schedules by the afternoon.

PATH trains resumed service.

Travelers at Newark Liberty International Airport were awaiting word on when flights would resume. Airlines canceled hundreds of flights on Monday as the storm blew into the region.

Little more than a dozen power outages were reported statewide.

Hundreds of schools were closed.

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