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Snow exceeds forecasters' expectations


Saturday’s slow-but-steady snowfall blanketed most of the Lorain County area with more of the white stuff than predicted.

Snow spotters reported totals of 5.3 inches in Sheffield Lake, 5.6 inches in Elyria and 6.5 inches in the Lorain area, according to Karen Oudeman, a National Weather Service meteorologist at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, where 4.6 inches of snow was recorded.

Forecasts had called for 1 to 3 inches of snow.

Forecasters are calling for additional snowfall of less than an inch through tonight, with wind chills near zero to minus 3 degrees through Monday.

Daytime highs are projected to be in the low 20s today and Monday, with overnight lows of 11 tonight and 13 on Monday.

“We look to continue getting a series of clippers from the northwest, each of which should give us a chance of light snowfall over the next few days,” Oudeman said.

Snowfall has totaled 27.8 inches so far this season, Oudeman said.

“That’s about 10 inches below the normal 38.4 inches for this point in the winter,” Oudeman said.

Still, the 27.8 inches of snow officially recorded at Cleveland Hopkins is just slightly above the 26.2 inches of snow that fell by this point a year ago.

“That’s when everyone was saying how mild a winter we were having,” Oudeman said.

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