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Snowfall slickens roads in Tri-State area

January 17, 2003|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Thursday night's snowfall made roads slippery and caused accidents across the Tri-State area, police officials said.

As a result of the wintry weather, Washington County Schools are on a two-hour delay this morning, Schools spokeswoman Carol Mowen said.

Snow began falling in the early evening, and the National Weather Service said from 2 to 4 inches were expected to fall before the snow tapered off by sunrise today, according to the National Weather Service.

Less than an inch had fallen by 9 p.m., according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site.

Sgt. L.A. Mastiano of the Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said the barrack had received about six calls for accidents as of 9 p.m., but none was serious.

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The state police put Washington County's snow emergency plan into effect at 8:30 p.m. because of hazardous driving conditions caused by snow- and/or ice-covered roads.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department reported three accidents as of 9 p.m.

Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg reported an accident along Interstate 81, while state police in McConnellsburg said they responded to a few accidents, none of them serious.

Washington County Sheriff's Department and Hagerstown Police Department officials reported no accidents as of 9 p.m.

So far this month, the Hagerstown area has had 2.1 inches of snow, while 13.8 inches of snow fell during December, according to Keefer's Web site.

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