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Snow continues to fall

January 07, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

TRI-STATE - As the snow tapered off Monday so did the accident reports that had busied Tri-State area rescue personnel on Sunday, officials said.

According to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site, .7 inches of snow fell on Monday. That brings the seasonal total for snow and ice to 19 inches, according to i4weather.net.

The most accumulation from Monday's snowfall was reported in Clear Spring and Waynesboro, Pa., with 1.5 inches on the ground, weather observers said.

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Public schools were closed Monday in Washington County, Frederick County, Md., West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and Franklin County, Pa.

After Monday's closure, the last day for school in Washington County was set to be June 12, schools spokeswoman Carol Mowen said.

Schools in the Central Fulton and Southern Fulton district in Pennsylvania opened after a two-hour delay Monday, officials said.

School officials were to decide this morning whether schools would open on time.

The Snow Emergency Plan for Washington County was lifted at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The Maryland State Highway Administration still had road crews checking bridge surfaces Monday evening, an official said.

Hagerstown Public Works Manager Eric Deike said city roads were in good shape Monday afternoon.

Deike said he wasn't expecting much more snow this week.

The city has enough road salt for another storm, but less than one month into winter, Deike said he ordered another 300 tons of road salt Monday morning.

Washington County Highway Department Director Ted Wolford said road crews were doing well until about 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. Monday when more snow fell.

The crews had to go back over the roads, but everything appeared to be in pretty good shape by late morning, Wolford said.

Flight arrivals and departures were doing well Monday at Hagerstown Regional Airport after problems Sunday caused some flight cancellations, Airport Manager Carolyn Motz said.

Navigational equipment west of the airport and approaching runway 27 wasn't working Sunday so pilots were required to have greater visibility than normal to land, Motz said. Sunday's snow made that difficult, so USAirways canceled two inbound flights and Pan American canceled all of its Sunday flights to Hagerstown Regional Airport, Motz said.

One of the navigational beacons, for navigation by radio, was repaired twice during the weekend, Motz said. The other piece required parts and was expected to be repaired Tuesday, she said.

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