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Storm Shifts Away From Monmouth County As Rain Hits Area

The storm that most meteorologists predicted would bring over a foot of snow to Monmouth County has shifted west, sparing the area from any significant accumulation.

A few inches fell in the area early Tuesday morning, March 14, but it quickly changed over to a wintry mix and now heavy rain is hitting the area as temperatures hover just above freezing.

Another inch of snow could fall later today, but the forecast mainly calls for more rain for the rest of the day.

Areas to the west and north of Monmouth County are still seeing snow, and traveling is still going to be difficult as there is ice under snow-covered roads.

A state of emergency was declared by Governor Chris Christie yesterday, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies.

All local schools made the decision to close today and the Long Branch Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday night has also been cancelled.

The forecast is always changing, so we'll update this story to reflect the latest briefing from the National Weather Service.

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