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Old Man Winter expected to take a break

February 27, 2007|by KAREN HANNA

Schoolchildren hoping for another snow day will not like these words from AccuWeather meteorologist Chuck Caracozza: "Not this week."

That's Caracozza's prediction for the area's next chance at snow. The outlook for this week's weather calls for some rain, but temperatures will be too warm to produce much else, Caracozza and a National Weather Service forecaster said Monday.

School systems in West Virginia closed Monday after the season's heaviest snowfall. Hagerstown got 3.4 inches of snow, according to a Web site maintained by weather observer Greg Keefer.

On Feb. 13, 3.2 inches of snow and ice - plus 0.4 inch of rain - glazed over Hagerstown, according to www.i4weather.net. Most of that precipitation was ice, forcing area school systems to close.

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Caracozza and National Weather Service observation program leader John Darnley said temperatures over the next several days will reach the mid-40s.

A storm Thursday could bring rain, but Darnley said the day's high would be about 47 degrees. Friday's high could be 49 degrees, Caracozza said.

The warmest day this month was Thursday, when the high temperature hit 50 degrees, according to www.i4weather.net.

Precipitation in January totaled just 2.2 inches, making last month the driest January since 1993, according to www.i4weather.net.

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