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Palm Sunday Snowstorm Slams Area With Totals Up to 10 Inches

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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:45 pm

Despite reaching what the National Weather Service is terming as a historical event, life is returning to normal for regional residents after the Palm Sunday snowstorm.

The National Weather Service recorded 12.4 inches of snow at its gauge for the single-highest March calendar day of snow.

It’s the second-highest overall snowfall day (just 0.4 of an inch from the Feb. 26, 1906, snowstorm).

And, at 12.6 inches for the period from 7 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday, it’s the sixth-highest snowfall event.

Locally, the snowfall didn’t quite reach that depth. The National Weather Service reports between 8-10 inches of snowfall for Franklin County with slightly higher levels in the extreme northeast corner of the county.

An adjusted map from the National Weather Service shows a swath of levels at least 9 inches in depth running through the northern part of the county, including Washington, Union, St. Clair, Pacific and New Haven.

The only official report at the National Weather Service was 9 inches at Catawissa.

Totals in Washington for the storm were around 10 inches. The gauge at The Missourian office in Downtown Washington only measures 6 inches at a time and some of the snow had melted by the time the gauge was checked.

Highest storm levels in the St. Louis area were measured north of the city mainly through Illinois and touching back into extreme northern St. Charles County, eastern Pike and southeastern Marion counties.

The highest event report came from Hillsboro, Ill., where 16.7 inches of snow was measured.

As far as precipitation goes, the snow in Downtown Washington melted down to 1.3 inches of water (1.2 inches for the weekend and 0.1 of an inch through 8 a.m. Tuesday morning).

That makes the yearly precipitation total 11.99 inches with a monthly total of 4.97 inches.

That is ahead of the 2012 pace of 10.42 inches through the same date.

Other monthly precipitation totals for 2013 are 4.09 inches for January and 2.93 inches for February.

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