An early winter blast that hit the Tri-State Monday shattered a 94-year-old snowfall record and made for the 5th snowiest November day ever.
Officially, 4.9 inches was recorded at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, pushing us well over the previous record of 3 inches on that date, set in 1920, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
Monday also was the 5th most snow for any November day, just below 5 inches recorded on Nov. 30, 1974, the weather service announced early Tuesday.
The season's first snowstorm closed scores of of schools, knocked out power to more than 7,000 Duke Energy customers and threw the morning commute into a gridlocked mess.
Snow began drifting down by midnight, with the heaviest falling between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. as temperatures hovered in the low 30s. Most areas saw 4 to 5.5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
The winter storm left heavy snow pulling down tree limbs and utility wires, knocked out power to about 7,600 customers in eastern Hamilton County and Cincinnati neighborhoods such as Mount Washington, Columbia Tusculum and Anderson Township by 7:30 a.m., according to Duke Energy's website.
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