By DENISE GRANT
Even with piles of snow and relentless cold, this winter hasn’t broken records in Findlay and Hancock County — yet.
With the National Weather Service predicting as much as another 8 inches of snow tonight, and more snow this weekend, February could be a contender. The month’s record of 20.5 inches of snow has stood since 1910.
According to records kept by the Findlay Water Pollution Control Center, a total of 16.3 inches of snow fell in Findlay during January. The center has maintained the city’s weather records since 1894.
Guy Verhoff, a U.S. weather observer in Pandora, recorded even more snow, 23.6 inches, in January.
Both numbers are well above normal for January, which is 7.6 inches, but nowhere near the record of 37.7 inches of snow for the month, set in 1978.
To the north, Toledo did set a record for January snowfall, according to the National Weather Service. Toledo finished the month with 40.2 inches of snow, which beat its record of 30.8 inches, set in 1978.
In Findlay, only 6.6 inches of snow was recorded by the Water Pollution Control Center during December. Normal snowfall for that month is 6 inches in the city.
December’s average Findlay temperature of 29.2 degrees was about average. The normal average temperature for the month is 28.2 degrees.
January, though, was colder than normal. The average Findlay temperature in January was 18.2 degrees. The norm is 23.3.
According to Verhoff, the coldest temperature of January, minus 16 degrees, was recorded on Jan. 28. The temperature reached a high of 49 degrees on Jan. 13.
A look at historical averages for February and March show a slow progression toward spring. The norms for both months show warmer temperatures and less snow.
According to center records, the average temperature in February should warm to about 26.3 degrees, and the average snowfall for the month is 6.3 inches.
The average temperature in March should put the area above freezing for most of the month, at 37.3 degrees. Average snowfall for the month is only 3.8 inches.
However, the weatherman is already predicting more snow in the first few days of February than Findlay and Hancock County usually see all month. Today’s storm is expected to arrive near 7 p.m., and could bring 6 to 8 inches of snow by 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the region, from 7 p.m. today until 5 p.m. Wednesday. The heaviest snow is expected between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. today.