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    Oklahoma City: Almost a Monthly Snow Record in One Day

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
    February 04, 2011, 6:14:43 AM EST

    Tuesday's massive blizzard caused Oklahoma City to come close to setting a February snowfall record on the first day of the month.

    Oklahoma City measured 11.8 inches when Tuesday's blizzard finally came to an end.

    That amount of snow shattered the daily snowfall record of 5.5 inches from 1913.

    Tuesday's snow is also the most Oklahoma City has ever received on any February day. That record was previously held by Feb. 7, 1986, and its 6.5 inches.

    Even though today is only the second day of the month, this February is now the city's third snowiest February on record. February 1913 and its 12.9 inches ranks first.

    With another possible snowstorm in the works for next week, this month's snow total may top February 1913.


    February 1913 is also the city's fifth all-time snowiest month. March 1911 holds that record with 20.7 inches.

    Oklahoma City averages 8.6 inches each year. In addition, the city typically experiences one 8-inch or greater snowstorm roughly every 5 to 10 years.

    Oklahoma City did not top the blizzard's snowfall totals list across the southern Plains. That distinction goes to an area east of Owasso, Okla., and its 21.0 inches.

    Other snow totals from Tuesday's blizzard across the southern Plains include: --Miami, Okla.: 20.0 inches --Claremore, Okla.: 20.0 inches --Broken Arrow, Okla.: 15.0 inches --North of Cisco, Texas: 5.0 inches

    Fort Worth, Texas, picked up an inch of snow and 0.5 of an inch of ice pellets.

    The 3.4 inches of snow Abilene, Texas, received broke Tuesday's snowfall record of 1.9 inches from 1985.

    According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Heather Buchman, the snow across the southern Plains will not quickly melt away with bitterly cold air in place.

    FEMA personnel have been deployed to several of the many states that have been affected, including Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin, according to USA Today.

    FEMA has also been positioning commodities, such as water, meals, blankets, cots and generators, for rapid delivery if needed.

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