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Dry, sunny conditions to return

November 05, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Unseasonably warm temperatures and clear skies early in the week gave way Thursday to rain that soaked the Hagerstown area and temperatures dropped nearly 20 degrees, an AccuWeather meteorologist said.

Brian Lasorsa, based at AccuWeather's State College, Pa., office, said the high temperature Thursday was 47 degrees, a sharp contrast from Wednesday's 66 degree-mark and Tuesday's 70 degree-mark.

Lasorsa said about 0.66 of an inch of rain fell in the area Thursday.

Lasorsa said a cold front from the north and west was responsible for the colder air, while a storm system from the south and west brought the rain.

He predicted that weather would return to dry, sunny conditions today, but that the tradeoff for that would be wind.

Lasorsa also predicted that the weekend will be warmer, with high temperatures in the lower 60s on Saturday and possibly Sunday.

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A Washington County 911 Center dispatcher said there were at least two dozen minor, fender-bender-type crashes Thursday afternoon and in the early evening. He said most were caused by slick, rain-soaked roads.

The dispatcher said no serious injuries were reported in the crashes.

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