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Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 03/ 1/2010

Maryland sets winter weather record

By Washington Post editors

The snowiest part of Maryland has set a winter weather record.

More than 2 1/2 feet of snow fell in Garrett County last week, pushing the seasonal total into record territory.

The State Highway Administration said Monday that 262.5 inches have fallen this winter at its garage near Keyers Ridge. That tops the old record of 233.5 inches recorded in the winter of 2002-03.

In Oakland, National Weather Service observer Sherry Helbig reports a seasonal total of 210 inches, more than double the winter average of 95 inches.

SHA spokesman David Buck says the snowbanks along U.S. 495 are about as high as road crews can pile the stuff using giant snowblowers. He says it’s a challenge the agency has never faced before.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | March 1, 2010; 10:41 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Weather  
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Just an FYI - SHA's maintenance facility is in Keysers Ridge, not Keyers Ridge and the road with huge snowbanks is MD 495, not US 495. Minor points, but important nonetheless.

Posted by: MDSHA | March 1, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

And I'll bet their streets got plowed, more than I can say for P.G. Co.

Posted by: FrankMonzon | March 1, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

FrankMonzon?

Did you notice that the average snowfall at the NWS station in Oakland is 95 inches? AVERAGE!

BWI now has had a total of 80.4", a record snowfall for the official reporting station (going back to the early 1950s for that specific site). That is the RECORD for the reporting station.

A region that gets almost 8 feet of snow year after year after year after year tends to have the right type of equipment to handle that amount of snow each and every year. A region that sets a record of less than 7 feet of snow in a season has the equipment for it's usual and customary snowfall of less than 2 feet.

Or are you prepared to pay increased taxes to purchase the equipment, and then maintain it, when it will only be used once or twice every seven to 15 years?

Posted by: critter69 | March 1, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

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