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January 3, 2013

Wintry weather ups snow totals for December

Mother Nature is playing winter-weather catch up by blanketing the area with snow during two recent storms, David K. Mattice, National Weather Service observer in Emmons, said Sunday.

Snowfall had reached 23.4 inches so far in December, Mattice said, more than the normal rate of 15.7 inches. Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30, snowfall was only 29 inches, he said, compared to a normal annual rate of 83 inches.

On Saturday, a snowstorm made roads icy and reduced visibility. Law enforcement agencies in Otsego, Delaware and Chenango counties said wintry conditions led to multiple cars off roadways and some fender-bender crashes, but no reports of serious injuries.

On Wednesday, a mid-week storm left 7 to 10 inches of snow in Otsego County and 5 to 8 inches in Delaware County, the NWS in Binghamton said.

Mattice reported that 6.2 inches of snow fell Saturday in Emmons, which is at a higher elevation than Oneonta. He recorded 11.6 inches of snow in the Wednesday-Thursday storm, he said, and accumulations varied throughout the area.

“What we have is going to stick around — we’re going to remain below freezing for the next 10 days,” Mattice said. The snowfall is good news for skiers and other winter-activity enthusiasts, he said.

Last winter was “very, very mild,’’ Mattice said, and precipitation yielded 11 inches of snow in January and 7.7 inches in February, then 8.9 inches in March.

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