Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ho Hum Snowstorm

Calling the weather system that just crossed the region a snowstorm might be a bit over the top. It wasn't that big of a deal. We picked up 5" of new snow out of the storm. The snow began to fall around 6am this morning and ended around 6pm. Twelve hours of snow and only 5 inches means the snow fell at an average rate of 0.4" per hour, so you can see it was never a blinding snowstorm. During the day the winds were calm, but they are picking up this evening as an arctic front crosses the area. Winds will gust up to 25mph overnight and then becoming lighter during the day Friday. Franklin County schools were closed today and will be closed again on Friday.

Snowfall for the season is up to 26 inches. Just 8 more inches and we'll top last winter's season total of 34 inches. I think we will easily top that. Could we hit 40 inches this winter? Time will tell. One last thing to mention is that since December 1, we have had an inch or more of snow on the ground for 44 out of the last 52 days. I've never kept records of how many days snow was on the ground, so this will be interesting to compare from year to year.

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