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February 28, 2013

Winter without snow rare for Pulaski County

Somerset —  

“It’s very, very unusual.”
  Shawn Harley, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Jackson, was talking about “The Winter Without Snow” in the Somerset area.
  Today is the first day of March, start of meteorological spring, and, so far this winter, there has not been enough snow in and around Somerset to cover the grass. Harley said his records show Somerset recorded four-tenths of an inch of snow in February.
  Humble Reporter, this newspaper’s country columnist, has recorded six rabbit trackers but one would have to be awfully hungry to have tracked a rabbit in the dustings of snows he counted.
  Pulaski countians have been lucky, that is if you don’t like snow. Several other areas of Kentucky have seen snow this winter, specifically western, northern and eastern sections of the state. 
  It’s not too late to get snow. The calendar says the official spring season doesn’t start until March 20 and some of the biggest snows in history have fallen in March.
  Think March 9, 1960, when Somerset and Pulaski County were completely smothered with 15-20 inches of snow. Then, “The Great Blizzard of March 1993” shut down everything around here with 13 inches of wind-blown snow. There were drifts higher than your head.
  Snow is all over the weather forecast for the next week or so. However, Harley says folks around Somerset won’t get much snow; not enough to cover the grass.
  The forecast sounds a bit ominous. Showers changed to snow Thursday night, frosting the ground in places and covering rooftops and car tops.
  Some light snow accumulations are possible last night and again Saturday night, especially on ridges. Slippery road conditions will be possible during early morning commutes.
  There is nothing in the weather forecast that sounds like spring, at least for the next week. And, a parting shivering thought: The latest spring snow in history fell in May – that’s right – May. Six inches of snow fell in Pulaski County on May 19, 1894.

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