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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 8:00 am

Six days.

That’s how long it took to accumulate a foot of snow in 2014.

With approximately 10 inches of snow measured from late Saturday night through Sunday afternoon added to two inches Jan. 2, that gives the Washington area a foot of snow in just six days.

Franklin County, as a whole, was in the middle of one of the heavier snow band areas which stretched from Rolla northeast across into central Illinois. The heavier snow fell roughly along the Interstate 44 corridor and south.

While the National Weather Service did not have snowfall totals for Washington, it did have accounts from other areas around the region. Sullivan, located in a heavier snow band area, reported 11.2 inches. A total of 10 inches was measured one mile northeast of Gray Summit. The National Weather Service office in Weldon Spring reported 9.1 inches. New Melle reported 7.8 inches of snow.

Sunday’s storm was followed by bone-chilling temperatures, which struggled to reach daily highs of 0 degrees and lows in the -10 range. High wind brought the wind-chill indexes below -25.

Sullivan, the only Franklin County location on the National Weather Service reporting grid, reported a low of -8 and a high of 3 Monday. The lowest wind chill reported was -27 with the highest at -12.

On Tuesday, the low was -6 with low wind chill of -20.

According to the National Weather Service, a warmup was expected Tuesday with the temperature reaching around 25 degrees.

On Wednesday, the high is expected to be 34 with a low of 24 and a chance for snow or rain through Thursday. The high Thursday is expected to be 37 with a low of 32.

On Friday, rain is expected with a high of 43 and low of 37. Precipitation ends Saturday with a high near 46.

All of the snow so far has melted down to 0.8 of an inch of precipitation. The Jan. 2 event brought 0.15 of an inch and the Downtown Washington gauge total for the measuring period ending at 8 a.m. Monday was 0.65 of an inch.

So far, the precipitation has been close to last year’s level. Through the first six days of 2013, a total of 0.72 of an inch of precipitation was logged.

The 2013 year was a unique one for Downtown Washington as 38.55 of the final 49.73 was recorded from Jan. 1 through June 30.

That meant 78 percent of the year’s precipitation fell during the first six months. Only 11.18 inches of precipitation were measured during the final six months of 2013.

Monthly totals (and averages from 1951-2013) were as follows:

• January — 4.09 inches (2.43 average);

• February — 2.93 (2.46);

• March — 4.97 (3.55);

• April — 8.37 (4.02);

• May — 9.99 (4.97);

• June — 8.2 (4.33);

• July — 1.9 (3.94);

• August — 1.89 (3.37);

• September — 1.76 (3.85);

• October — 1.75 (3.4);

• November — 1.73 (3.62); and

• December — 2.15 (3.05).

The Missouri River topped the 20-foot flood stage twice during 2013, however, one of them was significant.

The June 2 flood of 29.03 feet was the ninth-highest recorded flood crest, falling between 29.2 feet April 14, 1994, and 28.4 feet May 28, 1990.

The other flood crest was 21.77 feet measured April 20.

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