Seasonal snowfall second highest on record

Monday, March 14, 2011 | 10:15 a.m. CDT; updated 11:38 a.m. CDT, Monday, March 14, 2011
Steve Hoeper clears the snow off of his car before going to work Monday morning. The National Weather Service in St. Louis reported 5 inches of snowfall at Columbia Regional Airport at 6 a.m.

COLUMBIA — The 5 inches of snow recorded early Monday morning at Columbia Regional Airport pushed the seasonal total to 50.6 inches, making the 2010-2011 seasonal period the second snowiest on record.

The latest round of snow pushed the seasonal total above the previous record for second place of 46.2 inches in 1911-1912. More snow was expected on Monday.

The most snowfall in one season at Columbia Regional Airport was 54.8 inches in 1977-1978.

Jayson Gosselin, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in St. Louis, said Monday morning it was unlikely Columbia will exceed the overall record from the latest storm.

"I can't rule it out," Gosselin said. "It could get pretty close, but I don't think it will get to 54.8 inches at this juncture."

The snow was expected to mix with rain early Monday afternoon, and turn to all rain later Monday afternoon.

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John Beaumonte March 14, 2011 | 10:35 a.m.

So where have our "Chief Meterologists" expertise gone? Sharon? Dave? Must have taken spring break early!

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