Snowiest February ever - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Storm gives us snowiest February ever

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CINCINNATI (FOX 19) -

TUESDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Light snow fell across the tri-state once again this evening adding another inch to the already record snowfall.  Many streets that were cleared earlier in the day are once again covered.

Many schools are closed or delayed again on Wednesday.

FOX19 will have a complete update Wednesday morning with the latest forecast from FOX19's Frank Marzullo.

The latest snow totals are in and it keeps adding up to be a record.  Yesterday the airport received 8.3 inches of snow, shattering the 1939 record of 4 inches of snow on February 15th. 

For the month over 23.1 inches of snow fell at the airport.  The old record for the month of February is 21.4 inches of snow.  That was set in 1914.

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It's official - this is now the officially the snowiest February on record. 

The old record was set in 1914 with 21.4 inches.  At 5 p.m. the airport reported received 7 inches of snow with this current storm setting the new record at 21.8 inches.

We could see an inch or less of accumulation on Tuesday as flurries continue throughout the day. The biggest issue Tuesday will be blowing and drifting snow. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 7 p.m.

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and City Manager Milton Dohoney said Tuesday morning during a press conference that crews are working 12-hour shifts to remove the snow and said that the primary focus is on main roads, and then crews will concentrate on side streets. They also reminded residents to have their cars off of snow emergency routes, or they will be subject to towing. A list of snow emergency routes is available at http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/pubsrv/pages/-35636-/ Crews worked fast and hard Tuesday morning to remove snow from downtown Cincinnati. The city trucking snow out of downtown to the old Queen City Barrel Company site.  This is the first time in two years the city has had to remove snow in this fashion from city streets.

The Cincinnati Public Schools announced early Monday evening that classes are cancelled Tuesday.  They said they don't see any way many side streets will be treated by morning considering the continued weather onslaught that is forcing road crews to stick to the main drags. A complete list of school closings can be found here.

In Northern Kentucky, transportation officials say they are concentrating on priority routes, such as interstates, 4-lane highways and US highways first before moving to secondary streets. There are 119 trucks available in the northern Kentucky district.

Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport was using just two runways Monday for most of the day because of the snowstorm.

The airport's Barbara Schempf says they normally close one of their three north-south runways when a snowstorm like today's hits, while keeping the east-west runway open. On Monday,  they kept the east west runway closed, because the wind direction makes them believe they won't need that runway.

She says that with reduced traffic because of the weather, the two runways can handle the load. 

Indiana State Police also issued a warning, asking motorists to limit travel to necessary travel only. Several roads in southeast Indiana are snow-covered, slick and hazardous.

In Butler County, Sheriff Richard Jones has opened up a weather shelter in downtown Hamilton.  It's at the Resolutions Center, a place that used to be used to treat drug offenders, but is now empty due to budget cuts. The center opened at 3 p.m. Monday and will stay open at least into Tuesday.  It is at 442 South Second Street in Hamilton, about four blocks south of the old Courthouse.

Crews began pretreating roads on Sunday. Brine mixed with beet juice was used on most high- traffic areas. Salt was be used on smaller roadways.

Stay on top of the latest traffic conditions on the FOX19.com traffic page. Or, call 511 in Kentucky and Ohio or 1-800-261-ROAD in Indiana.

For information on flights, it's best to call your airline. You can also check flight statuses at www.cvgairport.com.

For information on Metro routes, visit www.go-metro.com or call 513-632-7538.

Steve Horstmeyer, Pat Barry and Frank Marzullo will be covering this system and you can get the latest on FOX19 during the 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and Morning newscasts.

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