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December Languishing In ‘Snow Drought’

OSWEGO, NY – Despite Wednesday’s cold and blustery weather, the Oswego area snowfall remains considerably below average.

The heavy snowfall makes reading the time on the City Hall clock tower difficult. But the flag gives no doubt to the strong northerly winds.
The heavy snowfall makes reading the time on the City Hall clock tower difficult. But the flag gives no doubt to the strong northerly winds.

Wednesday’s snow burst amounted to 5.5 inches, with the bulk of the snowfall in the afternoon, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

“It was snowing pretty good there for a while. It was windy and pretty slippery,” he said.

The snow started around 7 a.m. becoming heavier in the afternoon before ending around 4:30 p.m., he said.

Right up until early December, the area was in a snow drought, he added.

“Now, we have about 5 inches of snow on the ground. And, the total for the winter is 17.7 inches,” he said. “But, we’re still below average.”

October usually gets 0.4-inch of snow and November’s average is 9.1 inches. Neither month had any snow.

“We started December 9.5 inches below average for snow. December’s average is 33.5 inches, so we should have a little more than 16 inches at the middle of December,” Gregway figured. “We’re probably down a good 10 inches from where we should be right now because of how things started this winter.”

Four times November has been snowless. And, each time the winter’s snowfall total fell short of 100 inches.

Gregway believes that’s where the winter of 2009 – 10 is headed.

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