Early November snow unusual, but hardly rare


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



Snowfall clings to colorful autumn leaves and branches of a maple tree in Allen County on Friday morning after the season’s first snowfall.

Snowfall clings to colorful autumn leaves and branches of a maple tree in Allen County on Friday morning after the season’s first snowfall.


Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

LIMA — Residents throughout Northwest Ohio awoke Friday to the first measurable snowfall of the winter season.

“Measurable” only by the narrowest of definitions, according to Tom Kines, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.

While no exact figure on the snowfall received in the region was available Friday morning, Kines said the amount could generically be considered little more than a “dusting.” A wintry mix of rain and snow left a white coating on trees and the surrounding landscape but left roadways simply wet.

Measurable snowfall amount in early November in the Limaland area are “a little unusual but certainly nothing too rare,” said the weather expert.

“Snowfall amounts of one-tenth of an inch or more typically come around the fourth week of November — around Thanksgiving,” said Kines. “The earliest snow on record for the region fell on Oct. 25, 1962,” although an actual amount was not readily available, according to the weather expert.

But it was a more recent October snow that stood out as Kines looked back at the record books. That came on Oct. 30, 2012, when an early storm dumped 1.2 inches of the white stuff on Northwest Ohio.

More recently, seven-tenths of an inch were recorded on Nov. 1, 2014, said the meteorologist.

Snowfall clings to colorful autumn leaves and branches of a maple tree in Allen County on Friday morning after the season’s first snowfall.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/11/web1_Colorful-snowfall_01co.jpgSnowfall clings to colorful autumn leaves and branches of a maple tree in Allen County on Friday morning after the season’s first snowfall. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

By J Swygart

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