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Historic winter continues with President's Day snowstorm
Tue Feb 16 2010 @ 00:55 EST
A winter storm is ongoing in the Midwest, bringing even more snow from Illinois to the East Coast. Last week, the Ohio Valley and the East Coast were battered by snow.
In Baltimore, 72.3 inches of snow has been measured this winter, shattering the previous record of 62.5 inches set in 1995-96.
This week, another storm system that moved out of the Plains is bringing even more snow to the region. Snow from this storm system is expected to add another 8 inches of snow for Central Ohio with lesser amounts to the South. The system will move off to the East overnight Tuesday, bringing moderate snow to Pennsylvania. A winter storm watch has been issued for most of Massachusetts and Southern Maine.
Cities in Ohio are on par to break record February snowfall amounts. With almost half of the month to go, Cincinnati has broken its February record of 21.4" with 21.8" as of 5 PM Monday. This is currently the third most snowy February in Dayton and Columbus. View updated snowfall amounts.
Earlier on Tuesday, a 50+ car pile-up occured on Interstate 71 just North of Columbus, Ohio.
The causes of this historical winter season are most likely El Niño along with other less-widely-known weather patterns (oscillations). Brian Neudorff from WROC-TV in Rochester, NY gives an explanation of these oscillations.
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