Snow creates driving hazard in W.Md.

March 11, 1992

Residents of Western Maryland woke up today to blowing snow that cut visibility and created hazardous driving conditions.

State Police Sgt. Michael Mattingly said the snow had stopped by about noon today at the Cumberland barracks. Earlier, two sections of Interstate 68 had to be closed -- at Savage Mountain west of Cumberland and at Martin Mountain east of Cumberland -- because trucks that could not make it up slick hills were blocking the roadway.

Sergeant Mattingly said 3 or 4 inches of snow had fallen around Cumberland and somewhat more had fallen in Garrett County. He said the skies still were overcast and more snow was possible.

Fred Davis, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, said as much as 15 inches of snow was predicted to fall today in parts of Garrett County. About 5 to 8 inches of snow was predicted in Allegany County, he said, and an inch or so in Washington and Frederick counties.

The Baltimore area, Mr. Davis said, would get "just a few flakes coming down and nothing else."

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