Spring arrives with more snow

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Spring arrived Tuesday with more snow.

It wasn’t much, just a half-inch or so, but it brings our total winter season snowfall to nearly 36 inches. March has now seen 8.5 inches of snow, which is just slightly above its average of 8.43 inches.

During an average winter, the Benson area gets 40.68 inches of snow. With more snow in the forecast for Friday night into Saturday, we could be getting close to that average.

Much of the snowfall the Benson area has seen has come in just the last month. Until Feb. 19, we had received just 11.5 inches of snow. Since Feb. 20, we have picked up an additional 23.3 inches.

While spring arrived with another snowfall, at least the temperatures were relatively warm with the overnight low 27 degrees – 4 degrees above the average low for March 20 of 23 degrees. Our highs now average 41 degrees.

March can be a fickle month for both precipitation and temperature. It can rain or snow. Highs can reach 78 degrees or fall to a minus 12 as late as March 29; we’ve seen a below zero temperature as late as March 31.

However, only 17 times since daily weather records started being kept in 1953 has March seen a below zero temperature after spring arrives. And, based on local records, it appears the number of below zero March days are becoming more infrequent....


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