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Milder weather expected after wintry mix overnight

December 04, 2005|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Slushy snow residue was expected to be on the ground in the Hagerstown area this morning, the National Weather Service said.

An early prediction posted on the National Weather Service's Web site called for snow and sleet beginning Saturday after 9 p.m. But, as 9 p.m. approached, the National Weather Service had pushed the starting time back to 11 p.m.

Roger Smith, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service's Sterling, Va., office, said the snowfall should last from around 11 or midnight until 2 or 3 a.m. today.

It will mix with sleet and rain to produce about 1 to 2 inches of precipitation, Smith said.

Temperatures around 30 Saturday night could rise above the freezing mark this morning, creating a slushy effect, Smith said.

The overall outlook for today was milder.

Smith forecast a cloudy sky, with a chance of rain in the morning and a high temperature during the day in the 40s.

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