Storm warning calls for up to 6 inches of snow

January 21, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A quick-moving winter storm traveled across Maryland last night, leaving a glaze of ice on some roads as rain changed to sleet and snow.

The National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning until sunrise today for up to six inches of snow throughout central Maryland, followed by blustery conditions.

The rain that had pelted the area for much of the weekend changed to snow about sunset yesterday in Carroll, Frederick and Howard counties. Snow emergencies were declared at nightfall in Frederick, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard and Montgomery counties.

In Carroll County, police dispatchers urged motorists to stay off the roads after scores of "fender benders" were reported between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., including several on Interstate 70.

The wintry precipitation was caused by a low-pressure system moving in from the west, said Dewey M. Walston, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

Walston said skies should clear this morning, but temperatures will remain in the low to mid-30s.

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