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White Christmas is possible in Washington County

A meteorologist for the National Weather Service said there is a 30 percent chance of snow Wednesday.

A meteorologist for the National Weather Service said there is a 30 percent chance of snow Wednesday.

December 24, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner says he is not a "grinch," but he doesn't want this year's holiday to be the area's first white Christmas in almost 10 years.

Louis Rosa, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said there is a 30 percent chance of snow Wednesday.

The chance of precipitation is 60 percent Tuesday night and Wednesday, but that is more likely to fall as rain or rain mixed with snow than as snow, Rosa said.

Breichner and Washington County Highway Department Director Ted Wolford said they are interested in a white Christmas only if the snow doesn't lay on city streets.

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"I am not a grinch. I like the snow," Breichner said. "If it snows in my backyard, I will take it."

But it costs money to try to keep snow off city and county roads to accommodate travelers, Breichner and Wolford said. Breichner said he was concerned that a snowy winter might affect the city's tight budget.

The city has about $300,000 budgeted this year for snow and ice cleanup, city officials said.

Wolford said a white Christmas would be pretty but it would require county crews to do cleanup work.

Local weather observer Greg Keefer reported on his weather Web site that Hagerstown's last white Christmas was in 1993, when a little more than an inch of snow fell in the city.

If you count already-fallen snow, the Christmas of 1995 was a white one. An inch of snow was on the ground when traces of snow fell Christmas morning.

Carmen Wiggins, a Hagers-town resident, said she's pulling for snow.

"I would like it to be a white Christmas. I like the snow," she said.

Ted Flaherty, of Hagerstown, said he grew up in upstate New York where there was snow on the ground on most Christmas days.

"I would like to have a white Christmas. It would remind me of home," he said.

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