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Summary: Winter Storm Euclid (December 26th)

By: Buckey2745 , 4:09 PM GMT on December 27, 2012

Euclid has come and gone and left Central Ohio with a tight gradient of snowfall totals. Almost everyone at least saw some snow, and other saw almost 10" of snow.

Here is the latest snowfall estimates map from the NWS in Wilmington:

I'm in southeastern Franklin County in the 1-3" swath and I'd say that's a pretty accurate depiction as I've measured quite a few places this morning and averaged 3" of snow. However go just 10 miles north of here and the airport got 4.5". Even further north in Franklin County some areas measured 6". That was the nature of this beast.

Of course as I talked about yesterday warm air really pushed in aloft for a long period of time and killed our snowfall totals here in the center of Ohio, but points north and west sure didn't luck out. So far the largest totals I've seen were Coldwater to our northwest near Indiana and Covington northwest of Dayton... both coming in with 10" of snow. They were definitely all snow all day.

What's scary for us is what if we stayed all snow, all day? Well in the hours before we switched over we had some pretty heavy sleet and freezing rain. Before the switchover we had almost an inch of slush on the ground. It's impossible to know how much we could have had, but it's safe to say we could have contended with some of those totals in the western part of the state.

We learned from this storm that no matter the strength, never believe a southern low will bring all snow unless the center passes further south than it did yesterday. The track was supposedly "perfect" for an all snow event, and even then we saw quite a bit of warm air override. Each scenario will be different, but imagine if this storm would have taken the central path of the three? Bringing it straight through central Ohio... we would have seen maybe a dusting on the backside.

Interesting Notes

Our season totals for 2012-2013 are already only 0.9" short of the 2011-2012 totals.

Yesterday's storm total was our largest storm since Janurary 20th, 2011!! That's unofficially 706 days since our last 3+" snowfall.

3" is all we recieved in all of February of this year, traditionally our snowiest month.

What's Next?
No rest for the weary. After not seeing a major snow storm in almost 2 years, we have Draco and Euclid in a one week period.

Coming up we'll see yet another system develop from the Gulf, and take almost the same path as Euclid. However this one is a little different. First, it's weaker. That means not a strong low that'll be pulling in warm moist air up and overtop of the low, so we will stay cold enough for snow throughout the weekend. Second, it'll be a more west to east track, taking it much further south. So far south that we will really only see a chance of snow south and east of the I-71 cooridor, with some of the heaviest falling in the Hocking Hills region south of us.

The latest ECMWF snowfall models show an area of 1-3" of snow across southeastern Ohio:

This storm will begin to affect us Friday night and through the day on Saturday. I'll have a final writeup tomorrow.

Season Stats:
Winter Weather Advisories- 1
Winter Storm Warnings- 1
Ice Storm Warnings- 0
Blizzard Warnings- 0
Freezing Rain Advisories- 0
Winter Storm Watches- 1
Wind Chill Advisories- 0
Wind Chill Warnings- 0
Blowing Snow Advisory- 0

Snowfall Totals:
October: 0.1" (Predicted: 0.1")
November: 0" (Predicted: 0.1")
December: 5.5" (Predicted: 7")
Season: 5.6"

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