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Meteorologist says 'It's going to be pretty chilly'

February 10, 2007|by TARA REILLY

WASHINGTON COUNTY - A significant snowstorm could hit the Hagerstown area early this week, with the heaviest snow falling Tuesday, a National Weather Service meteorologist said Friday.

Brian Lasorsa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., said light snow could begin falling Monday night and become heavier Tuesday.

"There's a potential for significant snow accumulation," Lasorsa said. "The best chance for heavy snow looks to be Tuesday."

The National Weather Service hasn't yet put an estimated inch count on the possible snowfall, but Lasorsa said the storm could drop several inches.

The City of Hagerstown is reminding property owners to keep their sidewalks clear of snow and ice, as required by the city code.

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"Sidewalks need cleared even when it is a light snowfall," said John Lestitian, the city's chief of code compliance, said in a written statement. "Our concern is for the safety of pedestrians throughout the city."

The city could end up cleaning sidewalks if property owners don't do so within certain periods of time. Those owners then would be billed by the city for the work and charged a $60 administrative fee, according to the city code.

Temperatures before and after the possible storm are expected to remain cold, Lasorsa said.

The National Weather Service has predicted temperatures to be in the 30s throughout the day today, Sunday and Monday, with low temperatures ranging from 8 degrees to 21 degrees.

Tuesday's daily temperatures could dip to the mid-20s and stay there for most of the week.

"It's going to be pretty chilly," Lasorsa said.

Lasorsa said the cold weather over the past week hasn't broken any records, but temperatures have been below normal.

The normal high temperatures for the area this time of the year are in the mid-40s, and the normal low temperatures are in the mid-20s, he said.

"We're getting the winter we've all been waiting for," Lasorsa said.

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