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Slick layer tops fallen snow

January 28, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

TRI-STATE -- This week's snow was topped with a coating of ice today, making walking a perilous task.

Today's rain and freezing rain was the latest in a string of wintry weather this week, although local police and dispatchers said things stayed relatively calm on highways, even with the icy weather.

Although a Berkeley County, W.Va., 911 dispatcher said winter storm warnings had been lifted as of 4:47 p.m., the National Weather Service was warning motorists that standing water along icy roads could freeze tonight as temperatures dipped to around 21 degrees.

Schools were closed today in Washington County, the three West Virginia Eastern Panhandle counties and Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania.

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Snowfall and ice accumulations in the region included 2.1 inches of snow that fell in the Hagerstown area, according to local weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site.

No results were available for Martinsburg, W.Va.

Shepherdstown, W.Va., recorded 3.8 inches of snow and a quarter-inch of ice. Chambersburg, Pa., had 2 inches of snow and Greencastle, Pa., had 2.1 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

The heavy ice build-up did not pose any problems at Hagerstown Regional Airport, said Carolyn Motz, the airport manager.

That's because there was little military or general aviation at the airport today, Motz said.

Thursday's forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high near 35 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

o For updated weather forecasts, road conditions and school closures or delays, go to The Herald-Mail Accuweather

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