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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15 - BIG STORM SEASON
The definition of how much snow makes a big snowstorm around here is certainly
arbitrary, but let's say for sake of argument that it's 10 inches. With that
definition, there have been 22 such big snowstorms over the last century in
this area, an average of one every 4 or 5 years.
Now here's a question: During which month - December, January, February or
March - do you think the greatest number of these big storms hits?
The answer is, perhaps surprisingly, the month we're in now,
February. Of those 22 storms,
10 occurred in February, 6 in January, 3
in December, and 2 in March. Of the 10 in Feburary, 5 occurred from the
10th to the 20th. So you could say that today, we're smack dab in the
middle of the time of year when, at least historically, we're most likely
to get a big snowstorm.
Once we get into mid-March, the risk goes down considerably, though
there's even been one 19-inch snowstorm in early April.