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More wet, windy weather on tap

April 16, 2007|From Staff reports

TRI-STATE - Wind gusts in excess of 50 mph and more rain are on the way before a respite from chilly, wet weather arrives this weekend.

"At this point - keep your fingers crossed - the weekend looks pretty good, with temperatures climbing back into the 60s and more sunshine," AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said Sunday.

Rain totals for the Tri-State area neared or exceeded 2 inches Sunday. A Web site maintained by Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer showed Hagerstown's rain total at 1.87 inches Sunday evening.

Chambersburg, Pa., weather watcher Jerry Ashway said he recorded 2.12 inches. Forecasters said 2.27 inches of rain had fallen in Morgan County, W.Va.

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Keefer's Web site - i4weather.net - showed 3.17 inches of rain has fallen this month, matching the average rainfall.

National Weather Service forecaster Richard Hitchens said winds today could be especially strong at higher elevations, and he predicted gusts between 50 and 60 mph.

"With the ground being wet, that could be enough ... to bring down trees and power lines," Hitchens said.

The National Weather Service predicted that the Potomac River at Hancock would crest tonight at 22.7 feet - more than a foot below "action stage" - before receding. The river at Point of Rocks is predicted to rise a foot above the flood stage of 16 feet Tuesday, the Web site shows.

The Conococheague Creek at Fairview also was predicted to crest just above a moderate stage of flooding.

Washington County Emergency Services dispatchers reported no problems because of the rain, but a Frederick County (Md.) Emergency Services dispatcher said some roads in Frederick County were closed because of flooding conditions.

Although a flood warning was in effect for small streams in Jefferson County until 6 p.m. Sunday, the rain was not expected to push the Shenandoah or Potomac rivers close to flood stage in Millville, W.Va., or Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Temperatures around 40 degrees, which were recorded Sunday evening, were right around the average monthly low, but the high temperature was about 20 degrees colder than normal, i4weather.net shows.

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