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Freezing rain makes travel treacherous

December 13, 2000

Freezing rain makes travel treacherous



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


The freezing rain and sleet predicted for Washington County began falling around 8 p.m. Wednesday, making roads icy and causing a few minor accidents.

"You should be seeing the worst now and then again at 1 a.m.," National Weather Service Forecaster Dave Gustin said around 9:30 p.m.

He said about one-fourth of a inch of ice was expected to fall, making roads treacherous.

A few minor accidents had been reported to city, county and Maryland State Police by 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Maryland State Police placed the Washington County's snow emergency plan in effect at 9:30 p.m.

"It's pretty slippery out there. If you don't have to be out, stay home," said State Police Trooper C. Barnard.

In neighboring Frederick County, the snow emergency plan went into effect at 9:45 p.m.

An official with the Washington County Transportation Department said the entire fleet was out cleaning up the roads Wednesday evening. She said radio reports from drivers indicated the roads were ice-covered and slick.

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Today's forecast called for mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 40s, said Gustin.

In anticipation of the icy weather, Washington County School District canceled Wednesday's Evening High School classes and the Boonsboro Middle School sixth-grade choral concert that was to be held Wednesday night was rescheduled for Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday's high reached 31 degrees and .02 inches of precipitation had fallen by 10 p.m., according Hagerstown Weather Observer Greg Keefer's Web Site.

Friday's weather was expected to be partly cloudy with highs in the 40s, according Gustin.

Maryland State Police asked that people do not call state police for road or weather conditions. That information can be obtained by calling 1-800-327-3125, state police said.

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