Whole winter's worth of snow already here


Sunday January 23, 2011

Just one month into the winter of 2010-11, Berkshire County has already seen roughly the same amount of snow that it has seen in four of the last five winters.

According to Eagle archives, 56.1 inches of snow have fallen so far this season in Pittsfield, which is already more than the 54.8 inches received by the end of April of last year. This year's total so far is less than a foot shy of 2008-09's total for Pittsfield of 67.7 inches. According to Brian Frugis, a meteorologist in the Albany office of the National Weather Service, 44.8 inches of snow have fallen at the Albany Airport.

And on Tuesday, another storm front is expected to arrive coming from the south, and it has the potential to deliver "moderate to heavy snowfall," Frugis said.

According to National Weather Service records for Albany Airport, last winter's snow total was 45.4 inches. In 2008-09, there were 52.6 inches at the airport.

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"What we've seen this year is basically on par with what we normally see all winter, at least for the last few years," Frugis said. "So we'll probably be finishing the season above normal."

The record seasonal snowfall, since 1884, was 112.5 inches in 1970-71.

The record low temperature in January was minus 28 on Jan. 6, 1971.

Today's high temperature is expected to be 14 degrees, with a low of minus 10 tonight. Monday's high is expected to hit 3 degrees, with a low of minus 6. Tuesday will be close to 20 degrees -- still a far cry from the record January high of 71 degrees in 2007.

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