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Season's first snow falling in Western Md.; freeze watch issued

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As much as a couple of inches of snow fell across parts of Western Maryland on Wednesday as cold air settles over the mid-Atlantic region. The chill prompted a freeze watch for points north and west of Baltimore.

A light snow fell over the morning hours, but by midday transitioned to what Wisp Resort marketing director Lori Epp calls "underdeveloped snow, otherwise known as rain." Still, it was enough to stir some excitement, Epp said.

At Deep Creek Lake State Park, at least an inch fell, park officials said via Twitter.

It was just over a year ago that Hurricane Sandy brought a dangerous blanket of heavy, wet snow to Garrett County, so October snow is not unfamiliar there. Wisp aims to open its ski slopes by Thanksgiving weekend, whether with man-made or natural snow, but that depends on the weather, Epp said.

Meanwhile, a freeze watch was issued for suburbs north and west of Baltimore for late Thursday night and early Friday morning. Temperatures could near the lower 30s or colder in Harford, northern Baltimore, Carroll and Howard counties and points west. A freezing watch indicates the possibility of freezing conditions.

North of the Mason-Dixon Line, a freeze warning was meanwhile in effect, indicating an imminent dip below 32 degrees.

Here are some photos of the snow shared via Twitter:

One inch and counting! pic.twitter.com/RTyYlHrFWG

— Deep Creek Lake SP (@DeepCreekLakeSP) October 23, 2013

Snow in Swanton, MD in the upper Potomac River Basin! pic.twitter.com/gGDCuffYm3

— NWS MARFC (@NWSMARFC) October 23, 2013

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