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Snow falls in Washington County

March 08, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY

More than 5 inches of snow fell Wednesday in parts of Washington County, closing public schools for the this winter.

Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer said 5.3 inches of snow fell by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Nearly 17 inches of snow have been recorded this winter, according to Keefer.

Low temperatures, but no snow, are forecast for the remainder of the week, and temperatures early next week are expected to reach nearly 60 degrees.

But AccuWeather meteorologist Josh Newhard said Wednesday's snow might not be the last that falls in the county this year.

"There could be a shot of cool air coming down from Canada the week of St. Patrick's Day," he said. "That could bring some sort of wintry precipitation in here, whether it be snow, sleet or freezing rain."

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Area police said that while they were anticipating a surge in emergencies because of the snow, they were mostly called to minor accidents Wednesday.

A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said that there were many fender-benders and property damage accidents on roads throughout the county. He said those mostly occurred in late morning and early afternoon.

Maryland State Police said they responded to about 15 minor vehicle accidents Wednesday morning and had a steady stream of weather-related incidents throughout the day. The Washington County Sheriff's Office said offficers responded to minor accidents, mostly in the afternoon.

Thirteen Allegheny Energy customers in the Hagerstown area were without power at some time Wednesday, company spokesman Allen Staggers said. He said it was unclear whether those outages occurred because of the snow.

Staggers said the 13 outages were due to five different problems, the largest affecting seven customers.

"An underground transformer that had a problem that had to be repaired (was one)," he said. "You don't know whether the weather may have contributed."

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