- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 7, 2007


Tiny snowflakes fell for most of yesterday, but the daytime accumulation was mild and caused no real problems for snowplow crews and police who had labored overtime twice last month to clear snow and ice.

The snow advisory issued Tuesday night caused 14 Maryland counties and several in Virginia to cancel school yesterday. The heaviest accumulations, as much as 6 inches, were in the mountains to the west of the Washington area.

The snow contributed to the death of a man who was thrown from a careening pickup truck and then run over as the truck rolled down a hill in Carroll County, Md., officials said.

The driver, who was the victim’s father, was hospitalized with serious injuries, Maryland State Police Sgt. George Frazier said.

He said two other vehicles were involved in the wreck shortly before 8 a.m. on Old Westminster Road just east of Westminster.

Predictions of 1 to 3 inches of snow across the region were quickly reduced as the day wore on. By dusk, however, heavier snowfall resumed in several places, including Prince William County, Va.

“We are standing ready,” Montgomery County highway maintenance chief Keith Compton said yesterday afternoon. “We always keep our eyes on the temperature,” he said, pointing out that trucks had loaded with salt at 4 a.m. and treated icy spots in the Damascus area. “We’re ready for the night rush.”

“We have trucks out on the roads,” said Susan Hubbard, spokeswoman for Prince George’s Department of Public Works. “The first crews went out at 5 a.m. The second shift begins at 5 p.m. We’ll be ready for whatever comes.”

That was the word repeated in most jurisdictions.

“People think that when it’s March, the snow is over. But be ready for more snow the rest of March,” said Erik Linden, a spokesman for the District Department of Transportation.

— Arlo Wagner and David C. Lipscomb

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