Wenatchee had its snowiest February in history

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Plows removing snow on Wenatchee Avenue
Plows removing snow on Wenatchee Avenue

Thanks to the snowstorm that descended Thursday evening, February weather in the Wenatchee Valley was a record-setter.

According to the National Weather Service in Spokane, its official site along the Columbia River in Wenatchee recorded 22.1 inches of snow in February, beating the old record set back in 1938 of 21.8 inches.

But that record only tells part of the February snow story.

If you were up just a bit higher in the Wenatchee Valley, there was even more snow. In fact, 28.3 inches of snow fell at a reporting station in East Wenatchee for the month, which is 600 feet higher in elevation than Wenatchee.

Leavenworth ended February with 37.5 inches of snow and Yakima recorded 30.4 inches.

As far as February, temperatures are concerned, and even though we only cracked the freezing mark two times all month, we weren’t even close to setting an all-time coldest record.

But February, 2019 did finish a respectable seventh all-time for the oldest average temperature at 25.7 degrees, which is an average between high and low temperature readings.

The coldest February on record was in 1936 when the average temperature for the month was only 15-point-3 degrees.

Last night’s snow storm brought another round of snow related school cancellations and delays because of hazardous road conditions. Waterville School District delayed its classes for two hours. In Grant County both the Quincy and Moses Lake School Districts cancelled classes and Ephrata postponed classes for two hours.