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Roadways turn into slushways

January 09, 1999|By LAURA ERNDE

Motorists continued to deal with slushy, slick roads Saturday, even after the storm system that created the mess moved out of the area.

Light freezing rain changed over to rain about 3 a.m., according to Greg Keefer, Hagerstown weather observer.

Morning temperatures were above freezing in the morning and then dropped to 30 degrees at noon.

About half an inch of rain was recorded, Keefer said.

Throughout the Tri-State area, police dealt with numerous minor accidents. Many involved vehicles sliding off slippery roads, but no one was seriously hurt, police said.

Two tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 81 in Franklin County, Pa., Pennsylvania State Police said.

One southbound lane of I-81 north of Chambersburg, Pa., was shut down for about four hours after the 8:35 a.m. collision, which happened while traffic was slowing due to an earlier accident, police said.

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Neither driver was hurt, although both trucks were severely damaged.

Area events were canceled, including a public hearing set by Maryland General Assembly lawmakers.

The hearing will be rescheduled, but probably not before the 90-day legislative session begins Wednesday.

Overnight, temperatures were expected to drop into the mid-teens with a brisk wind making it feel even colder, said meteorologist Michelle Margraf of the National Weather Service.

Winds should die down by morning, with partly cloudy skies and a high of 25 to 30 degrees.

Another round of rain and snow may be headed our way, Margraf said.

Right now, that system is over the Pacific Ocean.

"It's something to watch out for," she said.

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