Up to 2.5 inches of snow and sub-freezing temperatures  slowed traffic early in the day Saturday but didn't create any major traffic headaches or challenges to holiday revelers in our region.

Ocean City stores and restaurants had a steady stream of foot traffic, as people in town for New Year's celebrations stocked up for parties and family gatherings.

"This is our first year here for New Year's," said Eleanor Wilson, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. "We're newbies."

She and Doris Lanouette, of Hatfield, Pennsylvania, were each carrying several shopping bags. They said no one in their large group had canceled coming to the shore because of snow or cold, and they were unconcerned about the cancellation of New Year's Day ocean plunges.

Earlier this week, New Year’s Day plunges in Ocean City and Ventnor were canceled because of extremely cold temperatures.

But Atlantic City's Polar Bear Plunge will go forward Monday, organizers said.

Brigantine postponed its plunge until Jan. 13.

And on Friday, a decision was made to postpone Monday’s Robert’s Place plunge in Margate until Jan. 7.

Jacob Yurkovitch, 15, of Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, said he was disappointed by the cancellation in Ocean City.

He was considering participating even though he has a bit of a cold, he said.

Mom JeanMarie Yurkovitch said they were part of a family gathering of 24 people who rented a house in Ocean City for the holiday weekend.

The Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike lowered their speed limits to 45 mph, and bridges into Pennsylvania lowered theirs to 25 mph in the morning hours, according to the traffic site 511.org. But the site didn't report any serious backups or accidents in New Jersey.

The Associated Press reported the Schuylkill Expressway outside of Philadelphia was closed for several hours Saturday, because of a crash at about 8 a.m. involving more than a dozen cars.

Authorities say the crash occurred in the westbound lanes in Montgomery County. Several injuries were reported, but further details were not available.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. A steady light snow was falling at the time and road conditions were slick in some areas, according to AP.

The precautions were for both slippery conditions and for salting and deicing operations, according to 511.org.

The Atlantic City Expressway and the Atlantic City to Brigantine Connector did not lower their speed limits, but urged caution by drivers because of salting and deicing operations.

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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