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Area gets second snowfall in 12 days

December 31, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- Three inches of snow fell in the Hagerstown area Thursday, creating treacherous road conditions in the morning hours and keeping police busy with mostly minor accidents, officials said.

Most of the accidents occurred as the snow was falling Thursday morning, said William Henry, police communications officer for Maryland State Police.

Road crews began working to plow Hagerstown streets about 7:30 a.m., Hagerstown Police Department Lt. Tim Wolford said.

Hagerstown Public Works Manager Eric Deike said city road crews were out and ready to clear streets at 5 a.m., when the snow started falling.

Road crews everywhere were challenged to keep roads cleared because snow was falling at about an inch an hour between 5 and 7 a.m., Deike said.

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Heavily traveled streets such as Dual Highway and Franklin Street seemed to present the most problems for drivers because the snow had been packed down and grown more slick, Wolford said.

By afternoon, temperatures had climbed, making travel easier.

A snow emergency plan that had been in effect was lifted at 2:30 p.m., Henry said.

In a snow emergency plan, motorists are required to have appropriate equipment such as all-season radial tires or tire chains, Henry said.

There was a chance of snow for the area Thursday night, but little or no snow accumulation was expected, according to the National Weather Service.

In higher elevations, such as South Mountain, there was a chance that up to a half-inch of snow could fall by midnight Thursday, said Kevin Witt of the National Weather Service.

Thursday's snow was the second in the area in 12 days.

On Dec. 19, a winter storm dropped up to 24 inches of snow in Washington County.

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