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Last month was the fourth coldest March on record for the area



Published: Wed, April 2, 2014 @ 12:02 a.m.

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

With four days of record-low temperatures, last month was the fourth-coldest March on record in the Mahoning Valley.

The average temperature for the area last month was 29.9 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The coldest March was 24.3 degrees in 1960 followed by 29.3 degrees in 1984 and 29.5 degrees in 1947.

“It was a cold March on top of a cold February,” said Brian Mitchell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland. The average temperature this past February was 20.9 degrees, the 10th-coldest on record for the area for that month.

“It’s been bad all over northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania this winter,” Mitchell said.

The Valley’s average temperature for March is 36.8 degrees, Mitchell said.

The coldest day last month was March 4 when it dropped to 5 below zero, a record low for that day, according to the NWS, which keeps Valley record statistics dating back to 1897. The old record for that date was zero in 2003.

Other record-low temperatures last month were:

4 below zero March 3; the previous record low for that date was 2 degrees in 1984.

4 degrees on March 13; the previous record low was 5 in 1948.

7 degrees on March 26; the previous record low was 12 in 2001.

On the plus side, the NWS recorded only 8.1 inches of snow last month, below the average snowfall of 10.9 inches for the area in March.

But when you add March’s snow accumulation to the tally since October 2013, the area has 89.1 inches of snow as of today. That’s the fourth-highest snow amount for the area, according to NWS data, which is recorded at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna.

At No. 1 is 118.7 inches of snow in 2010-11, second is 102.8 inches in 2007-08, and third is 90.2 inches in 2006-07.

The Valley averages 3 inches of snow in April.

“There’s no guarantee that you won’t go to third” snowiest, Mitchell said. “It looks like it will be OK to start the month, but I’m afraid you can’t rule out snowfall in April. It’s too early for that.”

The two Aprils with the most snow, he said, were in the last decade — 14.8 inches in 2005 and 14 inches in 2007.


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