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Rain, near-freezing temperatures delay schools

February 02, 2011

The temperature in Hagerstown was above freezing Wednesday morning, and a light drizzle was falling at about 6:30 a.m.

With the temperature hovering around the freezing mark, many school systems in the area announced delays, including Washington County Public Schools, which is on a two-hour delay.

In West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, only Morgan County public schools have announced a delay, that one also of two hours.

Just before 7 a.m., .7 inches of precipitation had fallen in Hagerstown overnight, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer’s website at http://i4weather.net.

By midafternoon, the temperature in Hagerstown reached 46 degrees, according to Keefer's site.

The National Weather Service says there is a chance of showers in the area, mainly before 9 a.m. But the weather service says the high will be near 42 degrees.

The next chance for precipitation is Saturday, when rain and snow are likely, according to the National Weather Service.

The Maryland State Highway Administration issued warnings about standing water on the roadways for the morning drive.  

Snow still clogs many of the area storm drains and melting snow mixing with the heavy rains is causing flooding issues in some parts of the state, the SHA said in an e-mailed release.  Heavy rain is also creating a hydroplane situation and SHA asked motorists to slow down.

The northern and western sections of Maryland faced the possibility of icy conditions, especially on bridges, ramps, overpasses and low lying areas, the SHA said. Crews were stationed around such spots to respond to emergencies as needed.

Frederick County Government will operate on time and on schedule Wednesday, the county said in an e-mailed release.   

Frederick County also reported that Highway Operations crews were treating gravel roads and mountain roads from Myersville to Catoctin Mountain for ice. Authorities there were urging drivers to slow down and be careful during this morning’s commute, and to leave extra time to reach destinations.

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