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Cold temperatures expected to continue

Snow possible this morning

Snow possible this morning

January 22, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN - Temperatures dipped into the single digits just before dawn Monday on one of the coldest days this winter, and more wintry weather is on the way, local forecasters say.

Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer recorded a low of 9.5 degrees Fahrenheit at 6:44 a.m. Monday, the lowest temperature recorded in 2008. The wind chill at 5 a.m. was a bone-numbing 1 degree, according to Keefer's Web site at i4weather.net.

Still, the temperature didn't come close to breaking any records for the date. On Jan. 21, 1994, Keefer recorded a temperature of -21 degrees in Hagerstown.

The high Monday was 25.5 degrees at about 3:10 p.m., according to the site.

Cold weather is expected to continue today, with a chance of snow before 10 a.m. and a high temperature near 33 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

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The service issued a winter weather advisory for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, predicting light snow and sleet mixing with freezing rain and rain by late morning.

Snowfall totals should be less than an inch, but the mix could cause slippery roads and limited visibility, forecasters said.

Wednesday should be partly sunny with a high near 36, but there is a chance of snow Wednesday night and Thursday, the service predicted.

As bitter cold temperatures continue, travel service AAA Mid-Atlantic is reminding motorists that exposure to extreme cold can create problems for vehicle batteries.

As the temperature drops, so does the starting power of car batteries, according to AAA technician Jeffrey Boone. Signs of battery problems include sluggish engine starts, dim headlights and corrosion around battery posts.

If the battery is sound, but too weak to start the car, a jump-start is often all that is needed, as the battery will recharge as you drive, Boone said. However, you should never try a jump-start if the battery is frozen, and it's a good idea to consult the vehicle's owner's manual or let a mechanic do the jump-start for safety reasons, AAA advised.

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