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Snow storm leaves area roads 'treacherous'

According to National Weather Service, precipitation should end by midnight

January 11, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • A man walks along a downtown Hagerstown alley during Tuesday evening's snowfall.
Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — A storm dumped 3 inches of snow on Hagerstown Tuesday night, leaving dangerous road conditions, authorities said.

By about 9 p.m. Tuesday, main roads in Washington County were covered, and back roads were worse, said Cpl. J.W. Stonebraker of the Maryland State Police.

"It's pretty treacherous," Stonebraker said.

There were numerous car accidents but none of them was serious, Stonebraker said.

According to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's website at i4weather.net, 3 inches of snow had fallen by 9 p.m.

The National Weather Service had initially predicted snow, freezing rain and sleet before 1 a.m. Wednesday, then a chance of more snow.

But a spokeswoman for the weather service in Sterling, Va., said Tuesday night that all the precipitation should be ending around midnight.

That should give highway workers time to get roads "squared away" for commuters heading to work Wednesday morning, said Trina Heiser, a technician with the weather service.

Total sleet and snow accumulations in Hagerstown were forecasted to be 1 to 2 inches.

A snow emergency plan for Washington County was implemented at 6 p.m. Tuesday, and a snow emergency plan for Frederick County was put in effect at 6:35 p.m.

  The plan requires motorists to drive vehicles that are equipped with chains or snow tires designated by the manufacturer. Studded tires are allowed from Nov. 1 to March 31.

  While a snow emergency is in effect, motorists may not park vehicles on any highway designated as a snow emergency route.

 All after-school and evening activities were canceled Tuesday for Washington County Public Schools and Jefferson County, W.Va., schools. Jefferson County schools will be closed Wednesday.

All evening activities and practices were also canceled Tuesday for Berkeley County Schools, and the school system announced it will operate on a two-hour delay Wednesday.

Hagerstown Community College closed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and will delay opening until 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to an email from the school.

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