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Cold front expected to help area dry out

December 28, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Kaitlyn Young, left, and Chyanne Jenkins walk to a convenience store on Salem Avenue during Tuesday's rainfall.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

A low-pressure system that moved through Hagerstown on  Tuesday left almost three-quarters of an inch of rain in the area, but a cold front behind it is expected to help dry out the region, according to weather forecasters.

It also appears New Year’s Eve revelers might be spared any bad weather, the National Weather Service said.

Although the weather service initially only forecast a tenth to a quarter of an inch of rain for Tuesday, 0.74 inch fell in Hagerstown during the day, according to weather observer Greg Keefer’s website at i4weather.net.

Tuesday’s forecast was based on a radar reading, which can vary, said Heather Sheffield, a weather service meteorologist in Sterling, Va.

The rain is expected to be followed by a cold front that will bring windy conditions Wednesday, with gusts up to 37 mph, the weather service said.

So far, the forecast for New Year’s Eve in Hagerstown calls for mostly cloudy skies and a low temperature around 33 degrees, with no precipitation expected, the weather service said.

There is a chance of showers for Sunday, New Year's Day, with a high of about 51 degrees, the weather service predicted.

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