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Expected snow misses Hagerstown

January 21, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Despite forecasts of up to three inches of snow overnight, Hagerstown saw almost none of the white stuff.

Weather observer Greg Keefer's web site, i4weather.net, reported no measurable precipitation in Hagerstown on Thursday night or Friday morning.

Flurries could be seen in the city at around 6 a.m., however, and there was a dusting of snow on some untreated surfaces.

To the north, the National Weather Service reported no measurable snowfall in Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania.

A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher reported no weather-related accidents as of 6:25 a.m. Friday.

A fast-moving winter storm had been expected to move through portions of the Tri-State area before midnight Thursday, National Weather Service forecasters said.

With temperatures expected to be below freezing Friday morning, motorists were advised to ease up on the gas, said Calvin Meadows, a meteorologist with the weather service in Sterling, Va.

"It's going to be cold enough (that) anything that falls is going to be around for a while," Meadows said.

The temperature in Hagerstown at 8:25 a.m.  Friday was 25.9 degrees, according to Keefer's web site.

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To prepare for the expected snow, highway crews were pretreating state roads and interstates in Washington County, Maryland State Police Sgt. Stacey Cain said Thursday night.

Highway crews have been pretreating roads with salt brine — a wet salt solution that clings to the road — to prevent icing.

Tri-State area residents are going to be left with even colder weather this weekend.

The mercury is expected to drop to around 10 degrees Friday night, with Saturday night's low temperature expected to be around 14 degrees. And Sunday night's temperature is expected to dip to 15 degrees, according to the weather service.

There is a chance of snow again on Monday, Tuesday and Tuesday night, the weather service said.

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