Thursday snowfall puts city above month-to-date average

The National Weather Service reported that as of 3 p.m. on Thursday, the daily snowfall at the forecast office on Sand Lake Road was 5.6 inches. That broke the previous record for Jan. 17 of 2.9 inches set in 1980.

Climate records show that no monthly records were set in January of that year. The greatest January snowfall, 36.1 inches, came in 1949, which was also the wettest January ever recorded with 2.13 inches of rain.

January of 2012 received 25.2 inches of snow, the sixth snowiest January on record. Total snowfall that season, 134.5 inches, set a new record.

So far this month, the NWS has recorded 8.9 inches of snow at the Sand Lake station. The average monthly snowfall for Jan. 17 is 6.3 inches; 22.5 inches was recorded for the month as of Jan. 17 in 2012.



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