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Freezing rain and snow headed toward Washington County

December 13, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

WASHINGTON COUNTY - The possibility of rain and freezing rain early today might cause local roads to be slick, an AccuWeather meteorologist said Wednesday afternoon.

More winter weather, possibly resulting in a foot of snow, might hit Saturday, AccuWeather meteorologist Carl Erickson said.

Local roads could have slick spots this morning, Erickson said.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory, effective today between 3 a.m. and 6 p.m., weather service spokeswoman Jackie Hale said.

This morning's commute "could be a nasty one," she said.

Today's high temperature is expected to be 36 degrees, so the freezing rain will turn to rain, she said.

A brief touch of warm weather is in store for Friday, which will be dry and partly sunny with a high of 45 degrees, but a storm system is heading toward the Hagerstown area Saturday.

The National Weather Service predicted a 60 percent chance of snow Saturday, with a 70 percent chance of snow Saturday night, Hale said.

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Snow is expected across the area, into the afternoon and evening hours Saturday, Erickson said.

"Fairly significant accumulation" is expected, he said.

If sleet mixes in with the snow, the accumulation would be limited to about 6 inches. But if the winter weather involves primarily snow, the accumulation could be close to a foot, Erickson said.

The heaviest precipitation will be later in the day Saturday into Saturday night, he said.

The earlier part of this winter, through December, is expected to be colder than average, Erickson said.

The second half of the winter - January into February - should warm up a bit, with temperatures expected in the mid- to upper 30s, he said.

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