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Snow update: It’s still piling up

IRON RIVER—Snow is the word. Roofs around the area, especially the flatter ones, are trying to hold on, struggling with the white burden they bravely bear. But building owners know that Old Man Winter is going to be sending occasional storms here and there well into April … when he feels like it.
    Our most recent storm was the 7.5 inches of heavy whiteness we shoveled and plowed between Jan. 22 and 24. After that, there was a break in the action until a minor system moved through over the weekend.
    Through the end of January, Iron County had been dumped on to the tune of 55.7 inches from the start of the snow season.
    As of Jan. 31, the official snow depth was 22 inches—which melts down (literally) to 4.6 inches of water. Those who live in low areas and along rivers will need to be alert when spring arrives.
    All these readings come from the West Iron County Wastewater Treatment Plant south of Caspian, the only cooperative observer in Iron County.
    This winter’s total through Jan. 31 is the highest since the winter of 2014-15, when 62.7 inches were measured. That winter, we finished with 83.2 inches. But we had more snow during 2013-14 (89.6 inches) and 2018-19 (83.5 inches).
    Last winter, Iron County had only measured 31.9 inches through Jan. 31. But surely you remember February 2019, which brought an all-time monthly record of 39.8 inches to Iron County.
    That’s the second highest monthly snow total in any month on record. Still No. 1 is the 44.6 inches in December 1996. That winter (1996-97) is the last time we had more than 100 inches in any winter season.
    So how are we doing this year? How does it compare? This table shows snowfall totals by month over the last 10 winters.