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Snow hampers holiday travel in Maryland

HAGERSTOWN — Maryland State Police say accumulating snow in western Maryland is contributing to numerous traffic accidents across the region on the day before Thanksgiving.

Police reported minor accidents on slippery roads Wednesday morning in Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties. Police say Sideling Hill on Interstate 68 near the Washington-Allegany county line has been particularly troublesome.

The National Weather Service says observers have reported up to 3 inches of snow on the ground, with the deepest accumulations in the mountains of Allegany County.

Travelers aren’t letting the snow keep them from trying to reach distant destinations.

Bill and Stacy Beardslee say they’re driving with their two children from Charlotte, North Carolina to Chatham, New Jersey, to spend the holiday with nearly two dozen relatives, including Bill’s 94-year-old great aunt Bo.