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Spring makes chilly entrance

March 20, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Monday may have been the first day of spring, but Tri-State residents at Hagerstown City Park Monday said it still felt more like winter.

"It's too cold," said Marvin Brandenburg of Charles Town, W. Va., who was taking a walk at the park with his wife, Elizabeth.

"Oh my yeah," agreed Candie Gilbert of Hagerstown, who was eating her lunch at the park.

Although it was chilly at the park Monday afternoon, the Brandenburgs said the winter wasn't a bad one.

"It was a good winter," Marvin Brandenburg said.

"It was very mild," Elizabeth Brandenburg said.

Gilbert was less enthusiastic.

"It was all right. But I could have used a little more snow," she said.

Hagerstown received about 28 inches of snow this winter, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer.

It didn't get really cold this winter until about mid-January, when the region received snow over a three-week period, said Washington County Highway Director Ted Wolford. After that, there weren't many cold-weather problems, he said.

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"It was not bad except for those three weeks. I think the winter has been good," Wolford said.

According to the Internet site Keefer maintains, Hagerstown received 26.1 inches of snow between Jan. 20 and Jan. 31 and 2.6 inches in February.

This winter broke some records. The temperature reached 79 degrees on Feb. 25, 68 degrees on Jan. 2 and 65 degrees on Jan. 3, all record-breaking highs, Keefer said.

Precipitation for the region averaged below normal in November, December, February and March, and slightly above average in January, according to the National Weather Service.

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