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Temperatures dipping back into the 40s

March 16, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The unseasonably warm temperatures that climbed into the 70s earlier this week dipped sharply Thursday to make way for another wintry forecast.

Over 90 minutes between late Thursday morning and early that afternoon, temperatures dipped from 66 degrees to 48 degrees, according to www.i4weather.net, a Web site maintained by Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer.

The high temperature for this time of year averages 40 degrees.

Wanda Miller, Hagerstown public works administrator, said Thursday afternoon that the city has plenty of de-icing salt to combat the 3 to five 5 of snow that is expected to fall today.

About 300 tons of salt are left in the city's storehouse on Memorial Boulevard, and the Public Works Department hasn't had to order any since Feb. 14, she said.

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The budget for snow and ice removal is in good shape as well, Miller said. The Public Works Department has roughly $73,196 remaining to pay for overtime and equipment expenses, among other things, she said.

Public Works Director Eric Deike said earlier this month that the city budgeted $369,436 for fiscal year 2007 to remove snow and ice.

The fiscal year ends June 30.

Today's temperature is supposed to dip to a low of 28 degrees and peak at 33 degrees, according to local weather forecasts.

St. Patrick's Day won't get much warmer. The high and low are anticipated to be 39 degrees and 21 degrees.

Things won't change much Sunday.

The extended forecast, however, shows that temperatures will warm up next week with highs in the 40s and 50s.

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