Helena brings first snow of season

CAMBRIDGE — Helena paid a Saturday visit to the Eastern Shore while bringing wind, cold and the first real snow of the season.

The storm that hit South Carolina, and at one point Saturday stretched from North Carolina to New England, brought snow totals that ranged from 1 to 6 inches in Dorchester County, according to the National Weather Service. At roughly 12:30 p.m. Saturday, NWS issued a report stating that the heaviest bands of snow were hitting an area that stretched from the Chesapeake Bay to the northwestern suburbs of Philadelphia and that area would continue to see heavy snow until roughly 4 p.m.

On Saturday afternoon, The Weather Channel reported a pile up of more than 20 cars on Interstate 91 in Connecticut. The governor of North Carolina said Saturday afternoon that 260 traffic accidents had occurred by 6 a.m. that day in the Tar Heel State, and asked residents to stay off the roads. Also, The Weather Channel reported Sunday that six people died as a result of the storm.

Compared to other areas on the East Coast, Dorchester County fared well.

Anna Sierra, county director of Emergency Services, said “nothing major,” happened as a result of the storm. She said there was a slight increase in fender benders and cars that drove off the road.

Public schools were closed Monday in Dorchester due to extreme weather as snow remained on the roads in some places. Low temperatures reached the teens Sunday and Monday with highs in the 20s as of 11 a.m. Monday. Schools also closed in all Mid-Shore counties and Wicomico.

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