February was coldest on record; snow totals also high

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – February 2015 was the coldest on record and the third snowiest on record.

This winter season has been good for those that own a snow plow or like skating on frozen ponds. Bad it has been bad for those who dread driving in snow or have trouble getting warm.It started right from the get go, with 7 inches of snow on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1. And although February saw a lot of snow, it was the cold that really defined the month. 

Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 had temperatures in the 40s, but the rest of February was close to, or below, freezing. The daytime temperatures were certainly cold, but the nights were the most frigid.

A nine-day stretch from Feb. 12 to Feb. 20 had lows ranging from 7 to negative-16, with six of those nights below zero. The coldest all month was the morning of Feb. 20 at 16 degrees below zero, causing 30 accidents on Youngstown’s freeways.

There were also back-to-back Saturday’s with big snows: 5 inches on Feb. 14 and another 5 inches on Feb. 21. Throughout February, WYTV 33 News covered how road crews dealt with removing the snow and ice and how the supply of salt was holding up.

We also dealt with frozen fire hydrants, the homeless, water main breaks, potholes and an iced over Lanterman’s Falls at Mill Creek Park. There were stories on how the cold and snow affects cars, pipes and even landscaping.

Here are the final numbers. The average temperature in February was 13.7 degrees, making it the coldest February on record. There were 10 days with below zero temperatures and seven new record lows were set.For snowfall, 27.9 inches fell last month, making it the third snowiest February. The record is 36.3 in 2010, so we were not really close. But of the 28 days, it snowed on 16 of them and on five of those days, there was 2 inches or more. 

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