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Region likely to be spared from ice accumulations

Temperatures expected to hover around freezing Tuesday night but then increase as rain intensifies

February 01, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Tyreek Donaldson and John McMillion take a tumble Tuesday while sledding on a hill at Potomac Heights Elementary.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

Warmer-than-expected temperatures will likely spare the region from the ice accumulations weather forecasters initially warned could hit the Hagerstown area.

National Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Kramar said Monday that the Hagerstown area might end up with a half inch of ice today if a frigid arctic high-pressure system drove down temperatures.

But on Tuesday night, Kramar said forecasters were not expecting the cold air to last as long as previously expected.

He said temperatures were expected to hover around freezing Tuesday night but then increase as rain intensified overnight. There was still a chance of ice accumulations of one- to two-tenths of an inch tonight, Kramar said.

A freezing rain advisory is also in effect until 7 a.m. today, the weather service said.

The chance of rain today is 90 percent, with new precipitation amounts expected between one-tenth to a quarter of an inch, the weather service said.

The Hagerstown area was expected to have light ice accumulations overnight Monday, but authorities in the Tri-State area reported a variety of road conditions Tuesday morning.

Maryland State Police Lt. Tom Woodward said state roads were in good condition Tuesday morning, and there were no major problems.

Washington County's Snow Emergency Plan was lifted at 9 a.m.

The roads were a little more treacherous in Pennsylvania and slick in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, police said. The icy conditions closed schools and delayed some openings.

Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer said 0.3 inch of precipitation had fallen in Hagerstown as of 8:18 p.m. Tuesday, according to his website, http://i4weather.net.

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