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Old Man Winter makes an appearance

December 05, 2009

HAGERSTOWN -- The first snowflakes of the season fell Saturday, sending area residents scrambling for shovels and drawing children outside to go sledding and to build snowmen.

According to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer, 1.2 inches of snow and ice was recorded Saturday. That surpasses the total of nine-tenths of an inch of snow and ice for the month of December last year, according to Keefer's Web site at i4weather.net.

The snowiest December on record is 1962, when Hagerstown received 19 inches of snow, according to Keefer's records.

Snow began falling early Saturday and was steady throughout the day before tapering off after dark.

Gary Poffenberger said the snow scrapped his plans to go hunting, so he spent the afternoon in the backyard of his Hagerstown residence watching his kids build a couple of snowmen.

"It was mostly me building," 12-year-old Chase Poffenberger said.

His 2-year-old sister, Brooke, who was playing in the snow for the first time, wanted a snowman, he said.

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"So I built her two of them," Chase said.

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