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Winter storm milder than expected

December 09, 2009|By BRIDGET DiCOSMO

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The winter storm forecast to dump a mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow on the area Tuesday night brought mostly light snow and slush.

The forecast included possible ice accumulations of one-tenth to three-tenths of an inch. About 1.46 inches of precipitation fell in Hagerstown, most in the form of snow and rain, according to the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

The storm system wasn't able to keep enough cold air locked into it to make it a major event, said meteorologist Steve Zubrick of the National Weather Service.

The air mass moving northeast with the storm was drier than expected, resulting in light snow instead of freezing rain, Zubrick said.

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"It takes just a little bit of a change in temperature for something to go from freezing rain to snow to rain," Zubrick said.

Low pressure systems later in the week could result in snow accumulation Saturday, Zubrick said.

The National Weather Service predicted a 30 percent chance of precipitation Saturday.

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