MCHENRY — Nearly 4 inches of snow and gusting winds gave Garrett County an early taste of winter Sunday night.

The snow emergency plan was placed in effect Sunday at 9:30 p.m. and lifted at 8:20 a.m. Monday, according to Maryland State Police at McHenry.

Slippery road conditions caused a couple of minor accidents, police said.

The State Highway Administration reported 3.5 inches of snow fell at Keyser's Ridge. Ten SHA dump trucks were deployed along with 15 hired trucks to keep roadways clear of snow and most worked through the night.

Most of the overnight snow was reported in areas west of Chestnut Ridge Road, according to the SHA.

Downed power lines and trees created power outages throughout the region, including nearly 1,200 customers without service in Garrett County.

More than 1,000 customers in Oakland, 41 at Swanton and 34 at Deer Park were without electricity that was expected to be restored at by 6 p.m. Monday, according to the First Energy website.

Nearly 400 customers in Preston County, West Virginia, were without service, including 328 in Terra Alta, 179 in Tucker County, 149 in Hardy County and nearly 900 in Grant County. 

Sixty customers at New Creek and 21 at Keyser in Mineral County were anticipated to have service restored by early evening at the latest.

Moderating weather conditions were forecast throughout the week with temperatures expected in the mid 60s by Thursday in Cumberland, according to the National Weather Service.

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