It's cold enough, but snow's on hold

January 03, 2002

It's cold enough, but snow's on hold

By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town

If you hate snow like the kind Buffalo, N.Y., is getting, rejoice.

If you love it, you will just have to wait.

Apart from some possible snow flurries today, there is no chance of precipitation in sight for the Tri-State area, and the roughest winter weather local residents will have to deal with in coming days is cold temperatures, meteorologist John Margraf said.

From now until at least Tuesday, high temperatures will hover in the upper 30s, Margraf said.

The freezing temperatures are being caused by Canadian air that continues to push down over the Tri-State area, Margraf said.

"That's going to stay with us for a while," said Margraf, who works for the National Weather Service office in Sterling, Va.

In Buffalo, residents are battling 6 feet of lake-effect snow and a forecast Friday afternoon of a possible additional foot in the area, according to the Associated Press.


Even though Buffalo is no stranger to brutal winter weather, the weather hitting the area is extraordinary, Margraf said.

Although snow isn't showing up on the local weather radar screen, officials with some cities around the Tri-State area say they are ready.

Hagerstown city officials like to have about 300 tons of salt and other materials to treat snow-covered roads, a spokeswoman for the city's Public Works department said Friday.

About 500 tons is ready to go at the Public Works department office at 51 W. Memorial Boulevard, the spokeswoman said.

The 500 tons of material includes salt and an anti-skid material that is used on streets when frigid temperatures make salt ineffective, the spokeswoman said.

In Martinsburg, city officials have received all the salt and fine gravel they ordered to treat snowy roads, said Mike Covell, city engineer/planner.

Although Covell said he is not sure how much salt and gravel is stockpiled at the public works department on Boston Street, the city should be ready for any unexpected heavy snowstorms.

Martinsburg is listed as a "priority customer" with the company that provides its salt, meaning it will be resupplied immediately if it should run out of salt, Covell said.

Officials in Chambersburg, Pa., could not be reached for comment Friday.

In Charles Town, W.Va., city officials have about 50 tons of salt stockpiled.

"I would say we're well prepared," City Manager Jane Arnett said.

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