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Front drops 1.74 inches of rain in Hagerstown

high winds, possible snow in forecast

January 31, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • A pedestrian walks in the first block of North Potomac Street in Hagerstown on Wednesday as rain fell in the city.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

A storm system that dropped nearly two inches of rain on Hagerstown on Wednesday and early Thursday has cleared the Tri-State area, but colder temparatures, high winds and possible snow are in the forecast.

Flood warnings are in effect in some neighboring counties.

Hagerstown received 1.74 inches of rain from the front, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's website, i4weather.net.

On Thursday, the National Weather service is predicting a chance of light rain or snow showers for Washington County. Winds of 25 to 33 miles per hour are forecast, with gusts approaching 50 mph, according to the weather service, The temperature is expected to reach a high of 42, well below the near-record highs of the previous two days.

On Thursday night, there's a chance of snow showers, with accumulation of one-half inch or less, the NWS said.

No weather-related road closures were reported in Washington County as of 6:45 a.m. Thursday, according to a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services and Diane Mongan of the Washington County Highway Department.

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A flash flood watch for Washington County was lifted early Thursday, but flood warnings are in effect for Frederick County, Md., and Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia, according to the weather service. Small-stream flood advisories are in effect in Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania.

The temperature in Hagerstown reached a high Wednesday of 68.9 degrees at 1:34 p.m. That was just shy of the record high of 70 degrees for Jan. 30, which was set in 1947, according to Hagerstown Greg Keefer’s website at i4weather.net.

For the latest weather forecasts, see www.herald-mail.com/hmtv6/weather.

For current road conditions and travel information in Maryland, call 511 or 1-855-GOMD511 or visit www.md511.org.

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