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Snow, snow and more snow…
So far the winter season in Ringgold County has wreaked havoc on school calendars, road maintenance budgets, snowblowers and people’s patience, and there was more to come midweek, according to weather prognosticators.
While snow totals can vary significantly between small distances, recorded amounts across Ringgold County include 18 inches in November, 3.89 inches in December, 18 inches in January and so far 9.3 inches in February, for a grand total of 49.13 inches.
On average, the county receives only 15 inches of snow over the same period.
Other areas in the state are faring no better.
It was widely reported this week that Des Moines is set to break a 117-year-old record for snowfall in a 40-day period.
According to the National Weather Service, the city had received 37.4 inches of snow since January 11, and if predictions hold true, the mid-week storm could set the new record.
And for those anticipating a cold, wet spring, here’s one bright spot: there are only 133 days until July 4.