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1.2 inches of snow fell last night locally, and according to the National Weather Service in Springfield, that is almost a third of the snowfall for the whole year. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports on 2012’s snow accumulation.
This year, Springfield received a total of 3.7 inches of snow. That is significantly less snowfall than in previous years.
In comparison, the total amount of snowfall in 2011 was 18.3 inches, and in 2010 was 19.3 inches. According to Meteorologist Eric Wise, the drought that’s impacted the area this summer started in the early months of January and February when we had only received 2.4 inches of snow.
Wise noted that the National Weather Service typically records annual snowfall in seasons that run from late October to early April, rather than yearly reports. So this season has just begun.
“One snow can make your whole average. You can’t say just because you have a low snow now you won’t get your average. One system can drop a foot of snow in this part of the area. So, it is hard to say what we will end up with but right now we are a little below normal,” said Wise.
For Springfield, the record high for snowfall was in 1911 with 54.5 inches.
For KSMU News, I’m Shannon Bowers