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Icy conditions sticking around

January 20, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Until warmer weather moves into the area, icy roads are going to continue to be a problem in Washington County, as was the case Monday, Washington County Highway Director Ted Wolford said Monday.

"There are still going to be some slick ones out there," Wolford said. "It is going to be nasty."

When it gets warmer, the so-called black ice on the roads will melt, he said.

The National Weather Service is not calling for warmer weather for the next few days, meteorologist David Manning said Monday night. The high today is expected to be in the mid-20s and Wednesday's high is expected to be in the lower 30s, he said.

There is a possibility the area will get hit with more snow Wednesday night and Thursday, he said.

Icy conditions Monday kept some county residents off the roads, while others kept emergency services busy.

Joe Kroboth, director of the Washington County Emergency Services Department, said the county had more emergency medical calls than usual Monday, many of them involving breathing problems. He said, however, that may have had more to do with the flu than the weather.

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Dispatchers were kept busy with calls concerning road conditions coming through on the emergency line. Those calls were forwarded to the Washington County Transportation Department, he said.

The ice was the result of a storm that moved through the Tri-State area this weekend.

The County Commuter began service on time Monday, said Kevin Cerrone, director of the Washington County Public Transportation Department.

He said some bus drivers called from their routes to report that the parking lots of some apartment complexes were impassable and not salted, but otherwise routes ran on time.

If conditions warranted, he said, the buses could run on a two-hour delay, but he said that wasn't necessary Monday.

Bus drivers should leave enough room between other vehicles and their buses because the size and weight of their vehicles causes them to have more difficulty stopping on ice, Cerrone said.

Washington County Public Schools were closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Schools already were scheduled to be closed today and Wednesday as employees had professional days.

Spokeswomen for Allegheny Energy and the City of Hagerstown reported no problems Monday due to the ice.

Staff Writer Pepper Ballard contributed to this story.

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