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Snow, sleet expected today

December 15, 2007|By BETHANY TREMBLAY

TRI-STATE - The National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., on Friday issued a winter storm warning for Maryland and eastern West Virginia, and the forecast seemed to concern some Tri-State residents who were shopping for the holidays.

The weather service predicts snow and sleet will begin about 1 p.m. today and could accumulate 1 to 3 inches through Sunday, when wind gusts up to 45 mph will be possible.

While many residents were concerned about weekend plans with family and friends, getting in last-minute Christmas gifts won't depend on the weather, they said.

Joyce Holder of Keedysville said she finished her holiday shopping Friday. While her Christmas shopping is not in jeopardy, her plans Sunday to visit with her family in Hancock might be.

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"It's hard for us all to get together during the holidays," Holder said.

Kris Wells of Hancock also was concerned about her weekend plans, which include attending a birthday party.

Bad weather will keep Betty Daniel and Shirley Kohler of Chambersburg, Pa., inside. Daniel said they went out Friday, just in case snow keeps them in today. Both Daniel and Kohler are finished with their holiday shopping for the year.

"My car doesn't go anywhere when it snows," Kohler said.

Sherry Deshong of Big Cove Tannery, Pa., isn't finished with her shopping, but she said she is close. She said a problem with the weather is "no big deal."

"I have four-wheel drive, so snow won't be a big problem for me," Deshong said. "But I'm thankful I started shopping early."

The weather service says low pressure will develop across the lower Mississippi Valley today and is expected to move northeast and pass through the mid-Atlantic tonight and Sunday.

The precipitation is expected to start as a mixture of sleet and snow this afternoon, then change to a mixture of sleet and freezing rain tonight. Areas along and west of the Blue Ridge mountains have the potential to receive between one-quarter and one-half of an inch of ice tonight through Sunday afternoon, according to the weather service.

Staff writer Marlo Barnhart contributed to this story.




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