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Tri-State region snow squall creates slippery conditions

January 25, 2013|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com

A snow squall that dropped a couple of inches of snow on the Tri-State region Friday created slippery road conditions, resulting in dozens of accidents on Washington County roads and county schools to let students out two hours early.

About “two or three dozen” accidents were reported due to the slippery conditions as of late Friday night, according to a Washington County Emergency Services supervisor.

Although most were minor in nature, a fatal two-vehicle accident involving a passenger car and a tractor-trailer was reported at the intersection of U.S. 340 and Md. 67 near Weverton, the supervisor said.

As the snow was ending around 6:30 p.m., local weather observer Greg Keefer’s website, i4weather.net, measured accumulation in Hagerstown at 1.5 inches and the high temperature for the day at 19 degrees.

Maryland State Police put the snow emergency plan in place at 3:30 p.m. after snow began falling late Friday morning, and it remained in effect throughout the night.

The National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., had issued a winter weather advisory for 1 to 3 inches of snow throughout the day in Hagerstown and its vicinity before the advisory expired at 7 p.m.

With pavement temperatures below 20 degrees, the Maryland State Highway Administration said Thursday its crews could not use salt brine to pretreat roads because of the potential for it freezing.

Tri-State roadways were quiet for the most part, besides about a dozen minor accidents in Franklin County, Pa., and a hit-and-run incident along Interstate 81 in Berkeley County, W.Va., where a state trooper was struck by a passing tractor-trailer, according to dispatchers in each county.

There is some relief from the cold coming next week, according to the weather service. Highs today and Sunday are going to be in the 30s, rising to about 40 degrees on Monday and then to the mid-50s by Tuesday and Wednesday.

— Staff writer Don Aines contributed to this story

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