A winter for the books adds a snowy chapter Up to 4 inches fall as temperature plunges

March 09, 1996|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Ed Heard contributed to this article.

The winter that just won't quit dropped about 4 inches of snow on metropolitan Baltimore yesterday morning, took one life and unleashed an Arctic cold front that may produce record-breaking low temperatures this weekend.

Yesterday's snowfall, the result of a fast-moving storm that moved up the East Coast as frigid air pushed in from the northwest, was limited to the Washington-Baltimore corridor, National Weather Service forecasters in Sterling, Va., said.

Snowfall ranged from 4.1 inches at Baltimore-Washington International Airport to 2 inches at Riviera Beach in Anne Arundel County and an inch in Frederick.

The snow made for a nightmarish morning commute, and hazardous road conditions prompted school officials to cancel classes in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.

In Howard County, an accident in Cooksville that killed a Montgomery County woman was blamed on the weather.

Michele Shevitz, 49, of Gaithersburg was a passenger in a car that skidded on snow-covered Route 97 about 11 a.m., crossed the center line north of McKendree Road and collided with a van driven by a Westminster man.

Mrs. Shevitz was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, Alan, 48, who was driving their vehicle, was treated at Montgomery County General Hospital and released. The van's driver, Gerald Foraker, 39, was not seriously injured, police said.

The additional snow pushed the total for the season at BWI to 62.5 inches, putting even more distance between this winter's total and the previous record of 44.4 inches, set during the winter of 1966-67.

Yesterday evening, winds of 10 to 20 mph pushed the wind chill to as low as 10 below zero.

Those winds are expected to die down by this evening.

Forecasters say the best chance for breaking a record is tonight. The record for March 9 is 13, set in 1984.

"At this juncture, our minimum temperature for Saturday looks to 10 above zero," said Jose Marrero, a weather service forecaster. "So if we're going to set some records, Saturday is your best bet.

Pub Date: 3/09/96

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