It’s snowier than normal; Winter totals approach 30 inches

Anton Sheafe sleds down a hill with Alora Sheafe, 3, and Amir Sheafe, 4, at Voice of America MetroPark Thursday, February 18, 2021 in West Chester Twp. Many schools in the area were off for a snow day. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF
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Anton Sheafe sleds down a hill with Alora Sheafe, 3, and Amir Sheafe, 4, at Voice of America MetroPark Thursday, February 18, 2021 in West Chester Twp. Many schools in the area were off for a snow day. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

With snow totals so far this winter season approaching 30 inches across the Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus region, it’s not going to melt away anytime soon.

Thursday marked the 19th consecutive day with at least an inch of snow on the ground as temperatures stay below freezing. It also is the 13th day since the last time temperatures have reached 30 degrees, though Thursday’s high of 26 degrees pushed closer.

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Tonight remains cloudy with a chance of flurries after 11 p.m. Overnight lows will dip to around 12 degrees, with total nighttime snow accumulation of less than ½ inch possible, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

The Dayton and Cincinnati regions already have outpaced average snow totals for the entire winter season. Dayton has recorded 27.8 inches so far, compared to a winter average of 23.3 inches. Cincinnati has recorded 29.2 inches up to now; its normal winter average is 22.1 inches, the NWS said.

There is a chance of flurries Friday, which will be cloudy with a high near 24 degrees. A chance of flurries continues into the overnight hours, mainly before 4 a.m. Overnight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 7 degrees and wind chill values as low as minus 3 degrees.

Bundle up and protect exposed skin from frostbite, which is the most common cold-related injury that most often affects fingers and toes. Redness or pain in any skin area is usually the first sign of frostbite, and skin may feel numb or unusually firm or waxy.

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Mostly sunny skies are expected Saturday, with a high near 25 degrees. Clouds move in for Saturday night, when lows are expected to drop to around 14 degrees.

Temperatures finally climb above freezing for the first time in more than two weeks Sunday, with a high near 37 degrees in the forecast, under mostly cloudy skies. The overnight low will be around 32 degrees. Rain and snow is likely, mainly before 5 a.m.

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A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier stretches over the snow pack to reach a mailbox on Taylorville Road in Huber Heights Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

Credit: Marshall Gorby

A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier stretches over the snow pack to reach a mailbox on Taylorville Road in Huber Heights Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF
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A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier stretches over the snow pack to reach a mailbox on Taylorville Road in Huber Heights Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

Credit: Marshall Gorby

Credit: Marshall Gorby

After a rainy and snowy start to Monday, it will be mostly cloudy with a high near 37 degrees. Mostly cloudy skies continue Monday night, with overnight low temperatures only dipping to around 31 degrees.

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Temperatures for Tuesday are projected to climb near 40 degrees under mostly sunny skies. It will be partly cloudy Tuesday night with an overnight low around 32 degrees.

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