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Weather advisories lifted after snow, freezing rain fall overnight

January 18, 2011|From staff reports

Drivers around the Tri-State area were using caution Tuesday morning after a mix of snow and freezing rain fell on the region overnight.

Authorities across the region said Tuesday that no serious traffic accidents had been reported as of 8:30 a.m.

Only minor fender-benders were reported in Washington County, a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

State Police in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia said no accidents had been dispatched.

The snow emergency plan in Washington County was lifted at 9:15 a.m., Maryland State Police announced.

"Thanks to the hard work of highway crews, conditions on state designated snow emergency routes have greatly improved and most major routes are clear.  However, this does not mean that all roads are completely clear of snow or ice," state police said in a news release.

In Berkeley County, W.Va., the most serious call was a house fire in the 1600 block of Tabler Station Road, a Berkeley County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

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Hagerstown received 1.6 inches of snow and ice from the storm, according to weather observer Greg Keefer's  web site, i4weather.net.

Washington County, as well as Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia and Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania, were under a winter weather advisory Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The advisory had been lifted by noon as the precipitation ended and temperatures rose into the 30s.

Snow began falling in Hagerstown on Monday night and roads in the city were starting to become snow-covered as of 9 p.m.

An officer at the Hagerstown barrack of the Maryland State Police said salt trucks and plows were working on roads.

In Berkeley County, W.Va., Interstate 81 was becoming snow-covered as of 10:30 p.m., and motorists were sliding into ditches and over guardrails around the county, according to a 911 dispatcher.

In Pennsylvania’s Franklin and Fulton counties, 911 dispatchers and state police said they were receiving few calls about accidents before 10 p.m. A vehicle hit a pole in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., at about 9 p.m.

There is a chance of snow showers Wednesday morning, and again Thursday night and Friday morning, according to the weather service.

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