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Snow Ends After Storm Drops 5+ Inches On Some Areas

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PHILADELPHIA -

The snow has ended across the Philadelphia region after causing lots of travel headaches and closing schools and businesses across the region Tuesday morning.

The flakes started flying around 7 or 8 a.m., depending where you live, and it snowed continuously until lunchtime in most places.

Near the coast, the changeover from rain to snow happened during the late morning, and it fell until mid-afternoon.

The fast-falling snow during the morning commute created problems on the roads and in the skies, although roads are clearing up at this time.

Philadelphia and public and archdiocesan schools closed in advance of the storm, as did more than 400 other school districts and businesses around our area.

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A Winter Storm Warning that had been posted for the heart of the Delaware Valley was actually canceled early just after 2 p.m. Winter Weather Advisories have also been canceled.

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We were getting bands of snow dropping 1 to 2 inches of snow an hour earlier this morning, reducing visibilities and quickly creating slick conditions on the roads.

But by the end of lunchtime things were starting to wind down.

There was a band of light snow still extending across Philly's northern and western suburbs at 2 p.m., but that has since move out.

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Some areas have picked up 5 or more inches of snow, with Quakertown, Bucks County, leading the way so far at 5.5 inches. Perkasie go 5.1 inches, and Hatfield in Montgomery County got 5 inches.

Closer to the shore, the accumulations came later and were a little lower, like Vineland, N.J., which wound up with 1.6 inches.

MORE: Local Snowfall Accumulations From Tuesday's Storm

PennDOT workers pledged not to let this second wintry blast catch them off guard, and theydid battle with the snow all morning long.

Major bridges in the area were placed under restrictions that lowered speed limits to 35 mph.

A ground stop earlier Tuesday at Philadelphia International Airport due to snow and ice ended by late morning.

By noon, airport officials said their primary runways were clean. There was an arrival delay of more than an hour, and canceled flights were up to 117. At one time, inbound flights were delayed by nearly four-and-a-half hours, according to the tracking website FlightAware.com.

Make sure you check your flight's status before heading out the door. US Airways announced they were relaxing their change-fee policies.

The concern for Tuesday night will be icing conditions on the roads as the snow, slush and wet spots re-freeze.

And, after two storms in three days, there's another chance of snow in the seven-day forecast. Williams has some information on that in the video clip above.

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