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Rain makes a bleak first day of summer break

Rain is expected to fall on Washington County periodically through Saturday morning

June 06, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herld-mail.com

Afternoon rain limited outdoor activities on the first day of summer break for Washington County Public Schools students — and Friday isn’t likely to be any different.

Rain is expected to fall on Washington County periodically through Saturday morning, National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Witt said Thursday.

“It looks like we should be seeing about an inch and a half to 2 1/2 inches,” Witt said. “It’s not going to be a 48-hour steady rain.”

The rain is expected to be at its heaviest Friday from about 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., when up to 1.5 inches alone could fall on the county.

The showers are a result of a combination of conditions around the county, Witt said.

“We’re going to have rain from a weak front coming in from the west, additional moisture from the southeast, and (Tropical Storm) Andrea,” he said.

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In Hagerstown on Thursday, the temperature did not reach 70 degrees, and 0.69 inches of rain had fallen by 6:45 p.m., according to Hagerstown Weather Observer Greg Keefer’s website at http://i4weather.net.

Pools and parks in the area were either empty or almost empty.

Corveyon King, who goes to Williamsport High School, braved the pool at Martin L. “Marty” Snook Memorial Park in Halfway with her family for a little while Thursday, but they left early in the afternoon.

She said it is not supposed to rain on the first day of summer break, but she made the best of her situation.

“It was cold and sort of fun,” said Corveyon, 14. “It was fun hanging out with my little cousins, but the rain was disappointing.”

Kaliyah Creary, who goes to Bester Elementary School, went with the family and enjoyed her time in the pool because she was learning to swim while she was there.

“I just kept trying,” Kaliyah, 8, said.

The weather is expected to clear up by Saturday afternoon, but Witt said that showers could return by Sunday. He said such weather is not unusual for June.

“May, June, entering July is severe weather season,” he said.

The high is expected to be 73 degrees Friday with a 65 percent chance of precipitation and 81 degrees on Saturday, with a 54 percent chance of precipitation, according to the AccuWeather forecast on the HMTV6 weather website at www.herald-mail.com/hmtv6/weather.

On Sunday the high is expected to be 84 degrees with sunshine and some clouds, the forecast said.

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