Icy weather again moves across state

February 06, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An army of salt trucks and plows hit the streets and highways across much of Maryland last night as another dose of icy weather moved across the state.

Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing today - with forecasters calling for a high of 40 degrees in the Baltimore area - and change the ice to rain, but the morning commute could hold slippery surprises for motorists and pedestrians in many areas.

Beginning late last night, road crews tried to head off trouble. In Baltimore, public works officials had dispatched 116 salt trucks by 10 p.m. To the west in Hagerstown, crews were struggling to clear a half-inch of snow and ice from main roadways, police said.

At Baltimore-Washington International Airport, ground crews were dealing with a weather cornucopia of freezing rain, sleet and snow, said David Manning, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

State police reported about two dozen accidents within the first hour of sleet and snow, but none resulted in serious injuries.

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