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Hagerstown gets less snow than expected

some area schools on delay

February 05, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com

Less than half an inch of snow fell overnight in much of Washington County and the surrounding area, prompting only a few school delays Tuesday morning.

In the Hagerstown area, 0.2 of an inch of snow was on the ground at 7 a.m. Williamsport had 0.5 of an inch, and Maugansville had 0.8 of an inch, the National Weather Service said.

The temperature was nearly 30 degrees at 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer’s website at http://i4weather.net.

The snowfall locally was lower than the 1 to 3 inches of snow that had been predicted.

“With snow showers, it’s hit and miss, and we didn’t see much snow in Washington County, but we saw it west of that in areas of higher elevation,” National Weather Service meteorologist Heather Sheffield said from Sterling, Va. “It was just a little drier for lower elevation areas.”

In Allegany County, from 3 to 5 inches of snow fell.

No roads in the county were closed due to the weather, but all the 35 plow trucks in Washington County were sent out Monday night and were still out Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. checking for any slick spots, Diane Mongan of the Washington County Highway Department said.

“Our trucks have been out since 11 p.m. in all sections of the county,” Mongan said.

Gateway Christian Academy in Williamsport was closed Tuesday, in part because of weather, and Heritage Academy west of Hagerstown was on a one-hour delay.

In Pennsylvania, Southern and Central Fulton School Districts, Fannett-Metal School District, and Forbes Road School District were on two-hour delays, as are Morgan County Public Schools in West Virginia.

Trooper Schmidt of the Maryland State Police said one accident had been reported Tuesday morning as of 7 a.m., and it was not serious.

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