Cumberland Times-News

January 28, 2013

Freezing rain closes schools but causes little disruption otherwise

Michael A. Sawyers
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — A dispatcher at Allegany County 911 Center said everybody must have stayed home Monday morning to avoid the freezing rain that blanketed roadways.

Only two accidents were likely weather related, single-car rollovers on Interstate 68 at Clarysville and at the Little Orleans exit, neither of which resulted in injuries.

All was relatively calm in Garrett County as well, according to County Administrator Monty Pagenhardt.

“We have one employee who drives up from Cresaptown and she said it was much worse there,” Pagenhardt said, who added that fire and rescue units in the county did not appear to be particularly busy because of the weather.

By midmorning in Western Maryland temperatures had risen enough to destroy any ice coverings.

Tuesday and Wednesday highs are slated to be in the 60s, but a cold front descending from the north will muster a Friday high that might dip into the 20s, according to AccuWeather.com.

Schools were closed in Garrett, Allegany, Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy and Grant counties Monday.

A spokeswoman at the Frostburg Police Department said the only action taken there was to call out the city’s Street Department when officers on patrol during the wee hours saw that rain was beginning to freeze on roadways.

Cumberland city officials said any garbage that was not picked up on Monday because of the weather conditions will be gathered Tuesday by Advanced Disposal.

Direct questions to the city administrator at 301-759-6424.

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