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Last month was the ninth snowiest February in the area



Published: Sat, March 2, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

By David Skolnick

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Except for five days, it snowed every day last month, and the overall accumulation made it the ninth-snowiest February for the Mahoning Valley on record.

The Valley had 20.3 inches of snow last month, according to the National Weather Service, which has snowfall records dating back to 1934.

The amount is considerably more than the 12.8-inch average snowfall for the area in February.

“That’s a lot of snow in comparison in February,” said John Mayers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland. “To be 7.5 inches above normal is a lot.”

Of the 20.3 inches, 11.7 inches — about 58 percent of the month’s total snowfall — happened on four days: 3.9 inches on Feb. 2; 2.5 on Feb. 4; 2.3 on Feb. 16 and 3 on Feb. 20.

Though higher than average, the snow accumulation last month isn’t that unusual for a February, Mayers said.

Eight of the snowiest February months have occurred since 2003, including a record 36.3 inches in 2010.

Also, it was colder last month than normal.

The average temperature last month was 26.1 degrees, 2.3 degrees lower than normal, according to NWS records.

But that wasn’t even close to getting into the top 10 as far as the coldest February for the area.

The coldest February was 15.2 degrees in 1934. No. 10 was 20.9 degrees in 1980.

And what’s this month going to be like?

“It should be more of a typical March,” Mayers said.

That means an average temperature of 36.7 degrees and 10.9 inches of snow.

But March came in like a lion with the high temperature about 30 degrees. The average high temperature for March 1 in the area is 40 degrees.

The NWS records weather for the area at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna.


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