Suprise snow Round 2

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, January 31, 2019
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Photo by Erin Sweeney
            Ava Sweeney (left) and Sabella Overbey (right) took advantage of last week’s sudden snowfall to construct this jolly soul in Columbus.

Just days after receiving the first substantial snow of the year, Round No. 2 arrived unexpectedly last Thursday morning.

On Jan. 24, Columbus awoke to 5.8 inches of new snow — bumping the month’s total up to 10.3 inches, according to the National Weather Service. The year-to-date snowfall now sits at 28.9 inches. At this point last year, Columbus year-to-date snowfall was already at 49.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Mystic Lake has picked up 15.5 inches of snowfall since last week, putting the month’s total at 24.6 inches. The year-to-date snowfall total is now at 109.3 inches. That compares to last year’s number of 178.7 inches at this point, according to the NWS.

Rapelje’s snowfall total remains unchanged from last week, with 6.5 inches so far this month and 31.5 inches year-to-date. That compares to 60.5 inches year-to-date at this point last year.


Temperatures will reach into the mid and upper 40s Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the lows falling in the 20s.

Then Mother Nature will serve a reminder that it is still winter, with the mercury taking a nose-dive on Sunday morning. A hazardous weather outlook issued by the NWS at 3:39 a.m. Wednesday characterized it as a “significant weather change” expected to bring both colder temperatures and snow.

While the amount of snow that will fall remains uncertain, travel conditions are expected to deteriorate.