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Snow hits area

schools closed early

January 17, 2008

Snow began falling in Hagerstown by midmorning today, the beginning of a winter storm that could produce up to six inches of snow in the Tri-State area.

Maryland State Police at Hagerstown said the snow emergency plan went into effect in Washington County at 12:30 p.m. today.

When the snow emergency plan is in effect, vehicles traveling on snow emergency routes must be equipped with snow tires or chains, and parking along the routes is limited.

State police asked that residents not call the barracks for road and weather conditions in order to keep the lines open for emergency calls.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight tonight in Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland and Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia, the National Weather Service reported at 10:58 a.m. today.

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Washington County Public Schools will dismiss classes one hour early, the school system announced. All extracurricular activities are canceled for the remainder of the day.

St. Maria Goretti High School was dismissing at noon. Classes at Saint Mary Catholic School in Hagerstown were dismissing one hour early and Grace Academy is dismissing classes two hour early. Classes at Highland View Academy are also dismissing early.

In West Virginia, schools are closed today in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

Frederick County (Md.) Public Schools are not dismissing early, but all schools-sponsored after-school & evening activities are canceled or postponed.

The Washington County Department of Social Services Work It Program scheduled for tonight at 6 p.m. at Otterbein United Methodist Church on Franklin Street in Hagerstown is canceled.

A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow or ice are expected and occurring, according to the weather service.

A winter weather advisory was in effect for Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania.

Precipitation began falling this morning and is expected to continue through the day before tapering off tonight, the weather service said. There is a possibility of a light freezing drizzle this evening weather service said.

The weather service said three to six inches of snow can be expected, with slightly higher amounts across higher elevations.

Ice accumulations up to a quarter of an inch are also possible, mainly in the evening hours, the NWS reported.

Temperatures are expected to remain near or below freezing tonight, meaning hazardous driving conditions could persist after the storm ends, the weather service said.

In anticipation of the storm, schools in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia are closed today.

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