Winter storm brings 7 inches of snow to area

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With too many winters lately not providing a deep snow cover that lasts, snowmobile owners have been a little frustrated as their sleds sat mostly unused. That’s not the case this winter.
Last Friday’s snowstorm brought 7 inches of snow to the area bringing the 2021-2022 winter season total to 27.10 inches through Jan. 17. That is more than 5.5 inches over the average of 21.56 inches for the October through January period.
Unlike some years, where above freezing temperatures quickly shrink the snowpack, this year’s snowfall has been sticking around as temperatures remain quite cold. December saw 13.6 inches of snow with highs for the month averaging 27.1 degrees and lows 8.5 degrees.
So far this January, highs have averaged 15.4 degrees and lows a minus 6.4 degrees. Even on the few days when the temperature rose above 32 degrees, it only stayed there briefly with little melting taking place.
Based on the weather forecast for the rest of January, it doesn’t look like the snowpack is going to be shrinking much.  There are no high temperatures above 21 degrees from Jan. 19 to Jan. 31.

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