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Storm warnings lifted in Tri-State

December 16, 2008|From staff reports

TRI-STATE -- A winter storm warning and winter weather advisories issued around the Tri-State area were lifted at 11 a.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.

Some area schools were closed and others opened late today as the result of a winter storm system that moved into the Tri-State area early Tuesday.

Southern Fulton (Pa.) public schools and Martinsburg (W.Va.) Christian Academy were closed. Other public and private schools in Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania and Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia opened two hours late.

Schools in Hancock were on a two-hour delay today. Other Washington County schools opened on time.

In Hagerstown, a total of .93 inch of precipitation fell Tuesday and early today leaving six-tenths of an inch of ice and snow on the ground, according to local weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site.

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A winter storm warning had been in effect from Tuesday morning through 11 a.m. today in Washington, Berkeley and Morgan counties, the weather service said. A winter weather advisory had been in effect for the same period in Jefferson, Frederick (Md.), Franklin and Fulton counties.

AccuWeather.com meteorologist Andy Mussoline said he expected another storm system to move into the area by Friday.

Schools in the Eastern Panhandle and in Fulton County, Pa., were dismissed early Tuesday due to the inclement weather. All Washington County Public Schools evening activities, events and performances Tuesday night were canceled, spokesman Richard Wright said.

A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said there were several minor fender benders Tuesday related to the weather. There were eight crashes on Interstate 70, but none was serious, he said.

Most crashes were reported in the western part of Washington County near Hancock. The dispatcher said there were reports of icy road conditions in the Sideling Hill area.

About 15 accidents were called in to 911 in Franklin County between 3:45 and 7 p.m. Tuesday because of the wintry weather, dispatchers said.

"We have been very fortunate. We've had nothing major and nothing on the interstate, if you can believe it," a Franklin County 911 dispatcher said Tuesday night.

Most of the accidents were cars sliding off the road and did not require an ambulance to be sent, she said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation facility in Chambersburg was fully staffed from 3 a.m. Tuesday in anticipation of the storm, said Assistant County Manager Kris Feldmeyer. All 35 trucks were out on the road, along with another six rentals during the peak traffic period.

"The worst of it was right in the middle of the evening rush hour," he said.

The PennDOT crews were to be working on county roads through Wednesday afternoon, with an emphasis on the morning commute, Feldmeyer said.

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