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Snow falls below expectations

March 18, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown once again Monday dodged most of the snow that forecasters said could fall in the city.

The National Weather Service said Sunday that 2 to 4 inches could fall in Hagerstown on Monday but only an inch of snow and ice ended up in the city, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer’s website at www.i4weather.net.

Not only was the snowfall lighter, but it arrived in the region later than expected.

The National Weather Service said light to moderate snow could begin between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Monday, but it did not start until about 2 p.m.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Witt said the reason the snowfall started later was because of dry Northeast air moving through the area Monday that caused the precipitation to evaporate before it hit the ground.

That also caused the accumulation to be less, Witt said.

Although the snowfall was lighter than expected, it became heavy at one point in the afternoon, causing slick conditions on interstates and other roads in the county.

There were about 25 crashes but none of them were serious, according to a Washington County 911 supervisor.

Rain was in the forecast for overnight Monday was expected to move out of the area around 9 a.m. Tuesday, Witt said.

Hagerstown got off light on snow about two weeks ago when 8 to 12 inches was called for but only 2.7 inches fell.

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