A storm that began midmorning Thursday dropped about 3 1/2 inches of snow on the Hagerstown area and created slick conditions that were expected to continue into this morning, according to weather reports from the National Weather Service and Hagerstown weather site www.i4weather.net.
Periods of freezing rain and sleet overnight could result in an accumulation of several hundredths of an inch of ice, enough to keep travel hazardous, the National Weather Service predicted. A winter storm warning issued by the service was in effect until today at midnight in Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland, and Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia.
Temperatures today are expected to reach a high of 42 degrees, but an arctic front could bring more snow Saturday along with the coldest temperatures of the season, the National Weather Service reported. Snow and wind-chill advisories might be required this weekend, the service said.
Maryland State Police and the Hagerstown Police Department reported no major accidents and said highways and city streets were clear Thursday night. The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded 18 accidents throughout the day, Lt. Mark Knight reported.