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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Major snow, but no record

  • As Hannibalians spent a portion of their Wednesday digging out from Tuesday’s snow, some may have paused from their shoveling to ask themselves if the snowfall total was a record. The answer is “no.”
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  • As Hannibalians spent a portion of their Wednesday digging out from Tuesday’s snow, some may have paused from their shoveling to ask themselves if the snowfall total was a record. The answer is “no.”
    According to the National Weather Service (NWS) and Water Filter Plant, Hannibal wound up receiving a grand total of 13 inches. Ten inches had already fallen by midnight. The remaining 3 inches came down between midnight and 5 a.m.
    And while 13 inches of snow is impressive, it doesn’t challenge the storm that dumped 22 inches in Hannibal (18.5 inches according to the Water Filter Plant) a little more than three years ago on Feb. 1-2, 2011.
    This week’s snow total is actually No. 3 on the all-time list in Hannibal. Ranking No. 2 is the 13.1 inches which fell Jan. 1-2, 1999.
    Hannibal is by no means out of the woods in regards to major snowfalls. On Feb. 21, 2013, 9.75 inches of snow was recorded.
    According to the NWS, Hannibal laid claim to the largest snowfall total from the latest storm, at least on this side of Missouri. Elsewhere in Northeast Missouri, Monroe City received 9 inches; Bowling Green, 8.7 inches; Edina, 8.2 inches; Palmyra, 8 inches; Vandalia, 8 inches; Shelbina, 8 inches; Saverton, 8 inches; Louisiana, 7 inches; Canton, 5 inches.
    The snowfall had at least two Hannibal residents weary of winter with over a month to go before spring officially arrives.
    “I’ve been ready for spring. I’d like to see it right now,” said Michael Bierman.
    “I wish spring would hurry up and get here,” said Harold Pipkin.
    Bierman described the 13 inches of snow as “dizzying.”
    Asked what he thought of the snow, Pipkin said laughing, “I hate it.”
    The snow was not impacting Bierman’s life to a large extent.
    “I’m a painter and sculptor, I’m right here in a studio, so I just keep working,” he said.
    Tuesday’s major snow followed on the heels of a weekend weather event that left a coating of ice. Which storm was worse?
    “I think the ice was worse. We went to Palmyra on Monday and it (roadway) was still ice packed. (U.S.) 61 was rougher than heck,” said Pipkin. “I go out to my daughter’s on MM every day and it was slick. You just had to go about 35 mph. It was pretty bad.”
    The Missouri Department of Transportation was advising Wednesday morning that most roads in the state were snow covered. Compounding the situation were gusty winds which were causing drifting. Travel was still not advised unless necessary, according to MoDOT.
    Page 2 of 2 - Despite back-to-back storms, MoDOT reports its supply of salt has not been exhausted.
    “We have about 20 percent of our salt supply left for this winter. We have ordered more but are not sure when it will arrive. We have moved some salt supply around to make sure all sheds have salt,” said Marisa Ellison, public information manager for MoDOT's Northeast District.
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