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Up to 2 inches of snow, sleet expected in Hagerstown

December 30, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown residents could see up to 2 inches of snow and sleet on the ground today as the latest winter storm is expected to hit the area, according to a National Weather Service spokesman.

The National Weather Service said Wednesday the Hagerstown area was under a winter weather advisory from 4 a.m. today until 1 p.m.

The last winter weather hit the area on Christmas morning in the form of freezing rain.

The forecast was for snow to begin this morning after 4 a.m., although it is possible precipitation could start falling between 1 and 2 a.m., said meteorologist Kevin Witt of the National Weather Service. The chance for precipitation is 70 percent.

Witt said a half-inch of snow and sleet could be on the ground by daybreak.

Some freezing rain also could fall this morning, according to Witt and forecasts.

It is possible up to 2 inches of snow and sleet could be on the ground before the precipitation turns to rain between noon and 2 p.m., Witt said.

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The weather service said there could be an ice accumulation from freezing rain of up to a few hundredths of an inch.

The forecast for those planning New Year's Eve activities calls for rain before midnight, then a chance of rain and snow. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

On New Year's Day, there is a slight chance of rain and snow showers and the chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

The beginning of winter in the area is off to a cold start and the low temperature Wednesday in Hagerstown was 18 degrees, reached at 2:07 a.m., according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site at i4weather.net.

But it was not cold enough to set a record.

The record low for Dec. 30 occurred in 1917, when the mercury dipped to 12 below zero, according to Keefer's Web site.

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