Little snow, much havoc as cold front sweeps in

4-car crash among more than 50 mishaps tied to slick roads

December 07, 2008|By Julie Scharper | Julie Scharper,julie.scharper@baltsun.com

A fast-moving cold front from Canada brought nippy air and a dusting of snow to the area yesterday, triggering scores of accidents.

Although strong winds will blow away the clouds this morning, temperatures are expected to barely edge past freezing today, with forecasted highs 20 degrees lower than normal, said National Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Kramar.

Although less than an inch of snow fell yesterday evening, more than 50 crashes were attributed to slick streets, Maryland State Police said.

Slippery conditions led to a four-car crash on Route 195 near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Anne Arundel County and an accident on Route 23 in Harford County, police said. No injuries were reported in either incident.

State police were called to more than 40 accidents in Frederick and Carroll counties last night. "It's too busy to talk," said a trooper who answered the telephone at the Westminster barracks.

Crews worked throughout the evening salting roads in the city and surrounding counties, State Highway Administration spokesman David Buck said.

Temperatures are expected to dip into the teens tonight and remain cold tomorrow, Kramar said.

Warmer weather, with highs in the upper 40s, and rain showers are expected for Tuesday and Wednesday, he said.

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