Snow records tumble in Mid-Atlantic

Feb. 10, 2010 at 6:59 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The fourth significant storm to hit Washington this winter has broken a century-old snowfall record, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

At 2 p.m., 9.8 inches had been recorded at Reagan National Airport. That brought the total for the season to 54.9 inches, half an inch more than the 54.5 inches that fell in the winter of 1898-1899.

Records set during the winter of 1995-1996, a season when the blizzard of January 1996 set the pace, were broken in Baltimore and at Dulles International Airport in suburban Virginia.

The total at BWI for the storm was 11.9 inches at 1 p.m., just short of a foot, bringing the seasonal total to a record-shattering 72.3 inches. In 1995-1996, 62.5 inches fell.

At Dulles, the storm total was 8.5 inches as of 1 p.m. and the seasonal total 72 inches. The seasonal record of 61.9 inches fell Tuesday when 63.5 inches had fallen since December.

The upside down winter, with Washington getting more snow than Boston, has come from a series of storms that did their worst in the southern Mid-Atlantic region, an area usually south of the snow line.

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