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Last updated: Tue. Feb. 18, 2014 - 09:55 am EDT

We jumped the gun: still 2.3 inches before snowiest winter

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It's getting hard to keep the numbers straight. But while we used certain figures on the National Weather Service website, the figures seem to be adjusted now to make us 2.3 inches away from the snowiest winter ever.

The record is 61.1 inches, and we have 58.9 inches, pointed out meteorologist Greg Shoup with our news partner, WANE, NewsChannel 15.

With the 2.9 inches of snow recorded at Fort Wayne International Airport on Monday, the total snowfall here since Dec. 1 reached 58.9 inches.

That closes on the heels of the previous record for December through February snowfall of 61.1 inches, set in 1981-82.

Snowiest winter ever? OK, we're not counting the most recent ice age, when what would become northeast Indiana was covered by a glacier. But Fort Wayne records maintained by the weather service reach back to the late 19th century, so the snow that preceded the Flood of 1982 was at least the deepest winter snowfall in generations.

For purposes of the weather service's recordkeeping, it defines winter as December, January and February.

The snowfall Monday did break one record.

That 2.9 inches was the largest snowfall recorded on Feb. 17, breaking the record of 1.8 inches set in 1924.

The snow is being blamed for a roof collapse at Glenbrook Square today. The mall was open early today before store hours as an area near Sears and TGI Friday's was roped off because of the damaged roof, but security would not let a reporter get near the area.

Many schools dismissed early Monday as Fort Wayne and the surrounding area prepared for the winter storm.

School delays this morning turned into cancellations, putting schools further behind in their required state-mandated instruction days.


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