2013-14 winter could be snowiest on record

Snow in Forecast

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – West Lafayette may be seeing grass and dry roads for now, but another storm system is in this weekend’s forecast. Weather models are indicating the storm could produce heavy amounts of snow, which could break the record for the snowiest winter in West Lafayette.

“This weekend, it’s going to come in three waves, so it’s not all going to be at once. It’ll be snow, but could also be some sleet and a little freezing rain, especially in the southern half of the viewing area,” said News 18’s Chief Meteorologist Chad Evans.

Evans said the snow this weekend could be a record breaking event. He said the snowiest winter was in 1884-85 with 66.5 inches of snow. The 1977-78 winter season comes in second place with 60 inches.

“We will likely exceed that. If this all comes to fruition, we could exceed the 1884-85 winter, which would make this the snowiest winter since 1880,” added Evans.

Behind the system, arctic air will filter into Greater Lafayette. Evans said West Lafayette had at least 17 days where temperatures have been below zero.

“The 1884-85 winter had 32. We are in the top 10, but it is unlikely that we will break the top five,” Evans explained.

Even though the cold temperatures have returned, Carroll County Emergency Management Director Dana Jeffries said he does not anticipate ice jams being a problem.

“The major chunks of ice have either moved on down the river or they are washed up in the farm fields. They are no longer a threat because they are not actually in the river anymore,” said Jeffries.

Weather Team 18 will continue to monitor the storm system. Click HERE to reads Chad’s Blog

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