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Little snow in weekend forecast, but SHA crews ready, just in case

January 27, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com

The Maryland State Highway Administration has work crews prepared for the weekend in case of any inclement weather, but nothing has been mobilized in or near Washington County yet, according to SHA Spokesman Charlie Gischlar.

"There is a chance of snow flurries on Sunday, but that is still two to three days out," he said. "The temperature is supposed to decrease dramatically this weekend."

According to the National Weather Service's website, http://forecast.weather.gov, the high in Hagerstown on Friday was expected to be near 54 degrees with winds between 18 and 22 miles per hour and gusts as high as 33 mph. A low of 32 degrees is expected Friday night. It's supposed to be sunny Saturday with the high around 51 degrees, and a high of 45 is expected Sunday. However, the temperature could get as low as 23 degrees Sunday night.

"A degree or two here or there could make a huge difference," Gischlar said. "This time of year we always send crews home with take home salt just in case they need to be out on a road at some point."

Gischlar said plans for Sunday will be put on the SHA's website, http://sha.md.gov, Saturday when it can make a more accurate forecast.

"In a snowstorm of any kind of significance, we will mobilize," he said. "It's always good to tell people to be careful when they're driving out (in Western Maryland)."

Gischlar added that ice is his main concern, and that currently the pavement temperature is "well above freezing," but that the SHA will closely monitor the situation.

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