Sea­son’s first snow­fall ex­pected Fri­day night

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— While there have been some re­cent flur­ries, the first ap­pre­cia­ble snow­fall of win­ter will ar­rive Fri­day night, ac­cord­ing to me­te­o­rol­o­gist Justin Berk.

Berk, a weather con­sul­tant to schools, gov­ern­ments and busi­nesses, said Thurs­day that the snow would be­gin to fall late Fri­day into Satur­day morn­ing.

“You’ll wake up to it Satur­day,” he said.

While the gen­er­al­ized fore­cast for Ce­cil County is

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1 to 3 inches of snow, Berk said the north­ern tier could see more.

“There could be 2 to 3 inches at the Penn­syl­va­nia line,” he said.

Later Satur­day though, the snow will likely change to rain.

While it will re­main cold through­out the week­end, Berk said the windy con­di­tions ex­pe­ri­enced Thurs­day — with gusts of up to 50 mph in some ar­eas — would di­min­ish by Fri­day.

“But they’ll in­crease again Satur­day,” Berk said, adding the wind would be warmer and con­tinue into Sunday.

Ce­cil County roads crews and the Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion will take to the roads Fri­day to ap­ply salt brine in a pre-emp­tive strike against the snow. The county has up to 38 trucks avail­able, while the state can em­ploy as many as 20 SHA trucks and 25 con­trac­tors. Each of the towns will also be busy salt­ing and plow­ing.

Ken Fen­der, res­i­dent man­ager of the SHA of­fice in Elkton, urged driv­ers to stay off the roads if pos­si­ble to give plows and the salt a chance to work.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Justin Berk pre­dicts Ce­cil County will see its first snow­fall of the win­ter by Satur­day morn­ing.

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