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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published January 31 2013

Weather Talk: Previous snowfalls made Monday’s seem heavy

Before Monday’s snow, this had been the winter of little snows. We have been dealing with icy roads and sidewalks all winter long, even though there has been very little need for shoveling.

Prior to Monday, there had been some snow falling on 18 of the 27 days in January, but it had only amounted to 3.7 inches accumulation total. In December, there was snowfall on 23 of 31 days, but it only amounted to 5.1 inches. November had our biggest snow of the winter (before Monday) when 2.6 inches fell on the 22nd and 23rd.

Overall, November had snow on nine of 30 days for a total of 4.8 inches. October had six days with snow for a total of 3.6 inches. In all, we had 56 days with snow between Oct. 4 and Jan. 27 for a total of 17.2 inches. That works out to an average of 0.3 inches of accumulation per day of snow. This is why the 5 inches that fell Monday seemed like such a heavy snow to us.

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