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March 25, 2013

Locally, no major accidents

CUMBERLAND — With next to no emergency response activity in Western Maryland or Mineral County, W.Va., during and after Sunday’s night snowstorm, it appears that area residents, tiring of an extended winter, laid low.

“We had a tractor-trailer jack-knifed on (U.S.) Route 219 at McHenry and that closed the road for a little while,” said John Frank, Garrett County’s emergency management director. “Also for a while, both sides of Interstate 68 were down to one-lane traffic.”

In Allegany County, a one-vehicle accident took place on I-68 in the area of M.V. Smith Road, but did not result in any transports for medical treatment, according to an emergency dispatcher.

Cumberland was just as quiet.

“We have had no issues,” said city police Capt. Greg Leake. “There was one accident called in this morning at 8 a.m. and when the officers arrived the parties had left the area so there must not have been much to it. The primary roads are open and clear. Secondary streets are still slush-covered but the street department is working to clear them as quickly as possible.”

Cumberland City Administrator Jeff Rhodes said that in spite of two plow trucks being in the shop for repairs the city had the normal six trucks in service.

“As usual, we send trucks to the North End, South End, West Side and East Side and one to the downtown area. The sixth truck works on hot spots.”

Schools throughout the Times-News circulation area were closed Monday.

In Frostburg, plow crews began scraping streets at midnight, according to City Administrator John Kirby.

“The major streets are clear and wet and the side streets and alleys are a little slushy,” Kirby said about 11 a.m. The early forecast allowed our street department to prepare and they will be out there plowing this afternoon.”

Kirby estimated the snowfall in the Mountain City at 8 to 10 inches.

The Associated Press reported snowfall of 6 inches in Cumberland and 8 in Mount Savage.

Snowfall was lighter further east.

The agency reported 2.1 inches at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and 1.3 inches at Reagan National near Washington.

The Maryland State Highway Administration put 2,700 workers and 2,400 pieces of equipment at the ready to deal with the spring snowstorm. Salt supplies were at 330,000 tons, or 90 percent capacity.

Some power outages were attributed to the snowfall. At 10:30 a.m. Monday, 143 homes were without electricity in eastern Allegany County, but those were restored by 1 p.m, according to the FirstEnergy Storm Center website.

Outages existed as well in nearby West Virginia counties, but power was returning as the day wore on.

Spotty snow was predicted for the area into Tuesday.

Contact Michael A. Sawyers at msawyers@times-news.com.

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