Cold and snowy sums up this winter

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Cold and snowy are two words describing the 2013-2014 winter season.  It all started a bit early this year with an inch falling before Halloween.

After October ended, the snow continued to fall throughout the winter months.  A foot fell in December, 21.3 inches in January and so far in February, almost ten inches.   The season snowfall so far for Dayton is 45 inches which is almost double the normal snowfall of 23.3 inches.

The last snow storm pushed us to the fourth snowiest winter on record in Dayton.   A record many of us can measure in back breaking shoveling.

Not only was the snow an issue, but the bitter cold air had us seeing wind chill values between 30 and 40 below zero.

The mercury dropped below zero and stayed there for 28 hours on January 6 and 7.  During January and February, temperatures dropped below zero a total of 12 times.  The normal amount of sub zero days is four.  We now rank fifth for the most number of sub zero days in any given calendar year.

The heavy snowfall and bitter cold air are taking a break for the time being, but we still have some winter left to add to the already high snowfall total.

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