Out with gray skies, in with spring, forecasters say But spring will have a brief introduction, then a cool weekend.

March 19, 1992|By Michael James and Joe Nawrozki | Michael James and Joe Nawrozki,Staff Writers William B. Talbott contributed to this story.

The gray wet gloom of today will be kicked out of the area tonight and the fair season of spring will be ushered in tomorrow under sunny skies with temperatures in the 50s.

The break in the weather will only be temporary, however, with the National Weather Service calling for cooler temperatures and partly cloudy conditions for the weekend.

Bill Miller, a National Weather Service forecaster at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, said light rain and drizzle were expected to continue today in the Baltimore metropolitan area and then clear for tomorrow's official start of spring.

Tomorrow is to be mostly sunny with temperatures in the low 50s.

The weekend will be partly cloudly with temperatures dropping into the low 40s during daylight hours and below freezing overnight.

Saturday and Sunday should be nothing like last night and today.

Rain-slicked roads caused some schools in the Baltimore area and Western Maryland to open late today, while Maryland State Police reported some minor weather-related accidents.

Schools in Carroll, Harford, Allegany and Garrett counties opened two hours late, while schools in Frederick and Washington counties delayed opening by an hour. The Hereford school zone in northern Baltimore County opened two hours late.

Sleet and freezing rain slowed traffic and caused minor accidents north and west of Baltimore last night.

The storm system brought snow to far Western Maryland, where as many as 100 tractor-trailers jackknifed on Interstate 68, blocking its westbound lanes, state police said.

Last night, six counties -- Howard, Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett -- had emergency snow removal plans in effect between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

State police at Frederick reported that a woman was seriously injured last night when her car spun out of control on icy Md. 26 and crashed into a pickup truck.

Police said Mary Noel Norris, 28, of Frederick, was in serious condition today at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Frederick Plowman, 45, of Union Bridge, the driver of the truck, sustained minor injuries.

About a dozen minor accidents were reported in Baltimore County.

In Allegany County, westbound I-68 was closed for about two hours as police and road crews cleared numerous tractor-trailer trucks that jackknifed and blocked the highway. Four inches of snow fell intermittently between periods of freezing rain, police said.

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