October 30, 2014

Winter storm expected to bring Oscoda snow total to about 55 inches for season

By Jeff Patrus
Staff Writer | news@oscodaherald.com
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MIO — A winter storm that hit Northern Michigan on Wednesday, March 23, is expected to bring this season’s snowfall for Oscoda County close to average.

According to Jim Keysor, meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Gaylord office, the storm is projected to leave between eight to 10 inches of snow in the county, as measured at the Mio Wastewater Treatment Plant. He said prior to the storm, there had been a total of 46.1 inches of snow to fall on the county this season.

Keysor said that adding the expected snowfall from this storm to the overall total would leave the projected total at about 55 inches for the season. He said the average snowfall for Oscoda County is between 60 and 75 inches, based on data compiled between 1971 and 2000.

By contrast, last year’s snowfall in Oscoda County was 25.6 inches, Keysor said.

“Last year wasn’t very snowy,” he said.

Keysor said a key difference between last year and this year has been the amount of snow in March. He said last year, there was little snowfall in Northern Michigan in March, and none in Oscoda County.

In comparison, Keysor said 9.3 inches of snow had already hit the county before the March 23 storm. He said with the projected snowfall from the storm taken into consideration, the total snowfall for March in Oscoda County would be close to 20 inches.

“That’s a significant difference from last year to this year,” he said.

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