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Icy roads close area schools early

December 18, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Reports of icy road conditions in parts of Washington County caused the Board of Education to dismiss schools two hours early Wednesday.

Schools Director of Transportation Chris Carter said forecasts from the Weather Channel and AccuWeather indicated sleet and freezing rain would fall on Washington County Wednesday afternoon.

He said the forecast also indicated temperatures would drop below freezing later in the day, possibly creating hazardous conditions for buses.

"We felt that it was best to try to get children home before temperatures started dropping," Carter said.

Precipitation measured two-tenths of an inch in Hagerstown, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site.

Carter said the mixed precipitation coated roads in the Hancock and Clear Spring areas, which concerned school officials.

Wednesday's high temperature in Hagerstown was 42 degrees at 4:45 a.m. At 1:21 p.m., that dropped to the freezing mark of 32 degrees, according to Keefer's Web site.

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The National Weather Service was calling for today's high to be near 41 degrees, and said temperatures were expected to drop to a low of about 24 degrees tonight.

No precipitation was anticipated today, according to the National Weather Service.

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