FEBRUARY 17, 2003 Fifth Largest Snowstorm in 23-Years   (4  Day Storm)
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Obs. Num. Time of Observation February
17  -   2003
Total Frozen Precip. Inches Total Melted Precip. Inches Temp. F Remarks for the Time Period
  1     0100 hrs.    0.1   0.02   19.9   The temperature is rising and sleet is very light. Our storm total is now 14.4 inches. Observations will end until tomorrow morning.
  2    0200 hrs.         
  3    0300 hrs.         
  4    0400 hrs.         
  5    0500 hrs.         
  6    0600 hrs.         
  7    0700 hrs.                    
  8    0800 hrs.    0.9   0.24   17.4   Our storm total is now 15.2 inches. We had only 0.8 inches of sleet after the 0100 observation last night and currently there is only a little light sleet falling. The storm is about over after about 49 hours!!!
  9    0900 hrs.    1.4   0.33   15.2   Our storm total is now 15.5 inches. It started snowing again at about 0820 and we have had 0.5 inches of snow and currently there large flakes of snow and falling at moderate intensity.
  10    1000 hrs.    1.5   0.35   19.8   The snow ended by about 0920. Our final storm total was 16.4 inches as a additional 0.6 inches of snow occurred on the 18th. The storm lasted about 54.25 hours. This will go down as our 5th largest snowstorm here in the last 23 years. This is the most snow since January- 6-8 -1996 when 18.1 inches was recorded that fell over a 39 hour period! This storm was unique as we got all of this snow without having a major coastal low pressure develop to our south!! The End!
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