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Overnight snowfall in Western Maryland could cause slippery conditions on the roads Wednesday morning

The National Weather Service is warning of “blustery and slippery” conditions for the morning commute in parts of Allegany and Garrett counties after overnight snowfall.

“Although the steadier snow has ended, many area roads remain slippery and in some cases snow covered,” read the weather service’s alert from just before 5 a.m. “Winds gusting up to 40 MPH could cause snow to blow back onto roads that were already plowed, as well. Visibility may be reduced in any blowing snow, fog, or residual flurries or snow showers.”

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The weather service had issued a winter storm warning until 7 a.m. Wednesday, forecasting that Garrett County could get about 5 to 10 inches of snow overnight, and the steadiest snow would fall after 1 a.m.

“Travel could be very difficult,” the weather service wrote. “Snow may reduce visibility below one mile at times, especially through late tonight.”

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Around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, the Maryland State Highway Administration said the Garrett and Allegany County line at Interstate 68 West to Frostburg was closed because of snow.

The storm warning also impacted western Grant and western Pendleton counties in West Virginia.

“If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency,” the weather service advised. “When venturing outside, watch your first few steps taken on steps, sidewalks, and driveways, which could be icy and slippery, increasing your risk of a fall and injury.”

Baltimore Sun reporters Christine Condon and McKenna Oxenden contributed to this article.

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