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Snow a no-show

December 06, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM


Some small, scattered road crews were standing by with trucks and other equipment into the evening Monday, prepared to plow and spread salt over the 3 inches of snow that was expected to fall.

But it never came.

Light snow began to fall Monday afternoon and continued into the night, but it had not begun to accumulate by 9:30 p.m.

Brian Lasorsa, a meteorologist with Accuweather, said the storm set to hit Washington County moved further south than expected. The air was too dry to allow snow to hit the ground and accumulate, he said.


Lasorsa said a very light coat of snow could cover the ground overnight.

"Temperatures are below freezing, so there could be a very, very light snow," he said.

The next chance of snow, Lasorsa said, is Friday, when he predicted 1 to 3 inches could fall.

That forecast, too, could change, he said.

Ted Wolford, director of the Washington County Highways Department, said his crews were prepared for the storm that had been expected as early as Monday morning.

"We're monitoring it, but it doesn't look like there will be much to do," he said Monday night. "We're waiting to see what happens."

Hagerstown Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Myers said city fire stations were monitoring the weather. He said the weather was not expected to affect city fire stations.

Public schools in Frederick County, Md., dismissed one hour early Monday because of the threat of snow. Morning kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classes dismissed at the regular time, but afternoon kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classes dismissed one hour early.

School-sponsored after-school and evening activities were canceled.

In response to the expected snowfall, Maryland State Police released a list of winter-weather driving tips:

  • During a snow emergency, your vehicle must be equipped with snow tires or approved radial tires for severe weather driving.

  • Make sure you have plenty of windshield washer fluid and your windshield wipers are in good condition.

  • Make sure your vehicle's fluids, belts and hoses are in good condition.

  • Keep a blanket and something to drink and a snack in your vehicle in case you are stranded for an extended time.

  • Have a snow shovel and road abrasives, like salt or cat litter, with you.

  • Keep your windshield, headlights and tail lights clear of snow and ice for visibility.

  • Increase the driving distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, so you have room to stop suddenly.

  • Be familiar with the braking system of the car you are driving.

  • If you have to drive in snow or icy conditions, be cautious and watch for snow plows.

  • Also, remember not to park on Snow Emergency Roadways.
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