Early winter weather hits Butler County: 125-year-old snow record broken

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Snow in Middletown

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The region broke records set 125 years ago for amount of snow on Nov. 11 and saw measurable snow more than two weeks earlier than normal, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Cincinnati and Dayton received 2.3 inches of snow Monday, breaking the Nov. 11 records set in 1894. Columbus received 2.1 inches, breaking the record of 0.5 inches set in 1983, according to the NWS.

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Brian Coniglio, a meteorologist with the weather service, said the region’s average date of first measurable snowfall is Nov. 29 and the average date for the first snowfall of one inch or more is Dec. 15.

The earliest measurable snow in Dayton and Cincinnati on record both hit on Oct. 19, 1989, Coniglio said. He said this week’s snow was caused by the strong cold front that’s expected to bring even more bitter temperatures to the area.

By late Tuesday night, he expected temperatures to drop below 16 degrees, which is the record for Nov. 12 set in 1996.

Another record-low temperature of 14 degrees, set on Nov. 13, 1976, is expected to be broken today, he said.

Then, he said, the weather will “get much better.”

There were several minor crashes reported Tuesday morning in Butler County and slick roads were to blame, according to officials.

Here is an extended forecast from the NWS:

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 32.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 43.

Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.


Records for the amount of snowfall on Nov. 11 were set in three measuring locations:

Cincinnati: 2.3 inches, previous record of 1.3 inches set in 1894

Columbus, 2.1 inches, previous record of 0.5 inches set in 1983

Dayton, 2.3 inches previous record of 2.0 inches set 1894

Source: National Weather Service