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More snow, ice expected Thursday

December 14, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY

erinc@herald-mail.com

A storm heading toward Washington County is expected to bring up to 3 inches of snow and a quarter-inch of ice Thursday, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Lasorsa.

Lasorsa said it should begin snowing between 8 and 10 a.m. Thursday. The snow might be mixed with some sleet, and by 1 p.m. the snowy mixture should have turned to freezing rain, which will continue to fall through early Friday, he said.

The warmest temperatures expected Thursday will be just above freezing, Lasorsa said.

"There will definitely be a long period of just ice," he said.

Ice buildup on trees, power lines and roads are expected, he said.

The low temperatures will continue.

Lasorsa said Tuesday's high temperature of 25 degrees was 18 degrees below the average high temperature of 43 degrees for Dec. 13. The average low for Dec. 13 is 27 degrees. Tuesday's low temperature was 13 degrees.

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Lasorsa said he does not believe Tuesday's temperatures set records, but he would not be surprised.

"It's pretty darn cold," he said.The Humane Society of Washington County released some cold weather tips for pet owners Tuesday:

  • Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm.

  • Thoroughly wipe your dog's legs and stomach when he comes out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt and other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws.

  • Never shave your dog down to the skin during winter months, as a long coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in colder months, be sure to completely dry the dog before taking him out for a walk.

  • Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather.

  • Outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars during the winter, and when the motor starts, they can be injured or killed. Bang loudly on the car hood and honk the horn to allow cats to escape.

  • Antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats.

  • Make sure pets have a warm place to sleep.
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