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Forecasters predict about three inches of snow tonight

January 14, 2004|by TAMELA BAKER

It was bound to happen eventually.

It's January, and there hasn't been any significant snowfall in the Hagerstown area for more than a month.

But the good news is that the snow forecast for tonight shouldn't amount to much.

The National Weather Service said there was a 70 percent chance of snow overnight, although forecasters say accumulations should be on the light side, at 1 to 3 inches.

Be prepared for frosty temperatures, though. Nighttime lows for the next three nights will dip into the teens, forecasters say.

On Thursday night, the wind chill could reach 5 below zero, according to National Weather Service Technician Trina Heiser. Winds could reach 15 to 20 miles per hour, she said.

Temperatures could hover below normal at least through Tuesday, Heiser said.

Heiser said a cold front moving from Canada through the Great Lakes will chill the entire Eastern United States by Friday.

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But by Thursday morning, the snow, at least, should be over. The next chance of snow likely will be Monday.

Relief could come afterward, though. Heiser said more normal temperatures are possible by the middle of next week.

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