Winter Storm Octavia

Right on the heels of Winter Storm Neptune came Winter Storm Octavia. More amazing snow totals and record low temperatures followed Neptune and has kept Boston in mountains of snow almost unprecedented. An average Boston snow season is 41.3 inches and Boston has already seen more than 96 inches with three weeks of winter left.

Besides all the snow Boston has had the 2nd coldest February on record with only two days above freezing as of February 18th. Also, a brutal cold spell is on its way that is expected to break over one hundred lowest temperature records in just two days. Climate Change? Yes, climate has changed just like it does every winter or summer but this time in conditions that make climate change hype laughable.

Winter Storm Octavia caused some four million people to be under a wind chill warning. Also, a State of Emergency was declared by several Governors. The states include Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Nashville, Tennessee Mayor Karl Dean said emergency crewsresponded to 23 injury crashes and 182 non-injury accidents within 12 hours. Ice has been a huge problem in the state with Nashville leading the country for a while with flight cancellations. Sections of I-24, a major interstate in Tennessee, were closed by Murfreesboro and Antioch. Ice storms also caused havoc as far south as Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and South Carolina.

Low Temperatures

Erie, Pennsylvania tied their record low temperature of 18 degrees below zero on February 16th. The record was previously set January 19, 1994. Watertown, New York set a new record cold temperature for the month of February with a freezing 36 degrees below zero. Other global freezing temps include Syracuse, N.Y. At 17 below zero, Cleveland, Ohio 12 degrees below zero, Detroit 9 below zero and Flint, Michigan 21 below zero on February 16th.

Snow Totals

Lexington, Kentucky broke its daily snowfall record with 7 inches as well as Louisville with 6.3 inches. The Louisville previous record was 4.6 inches. Here is a listing of snow totals for several states affected by the widespread fury of Winter Storm Octavia.

Kentucky

  • Near Coleman – 18″
  • Eddyville – 13″
  • Princeton – 13″
  • Paducah – 10.8″
  • Lexington – 10.2″
  • Bowling Green – 9.6″
  • Louisville – 8.2″

Illinois

  • Eddyville – 13″
  • Karnak – 12″
  • Mermet – 12″
  • Metropolis- 12″
  • Anna – 11″
  • Jerseyville- 8″

Indiana

  • Bedford – 8.5″
  • Fredonia – 8″
  • Sulphur – 8″
  • Vevay – 8″

Maryland

  • Salisbury – 8″
  • Lusby – 6.5″

Missouri

  • Scott City – 12″
  • Cape Girardeau – 12″
  • Advance – 11.5″
  • Joplin – 6″
  • Springfield – 6″

New Jersey

  • Cape May – 7″
  • Brick Township – 6″

New York

  • Long Beach – 4″

North Carolina

  • Mount Jefferson – 5″
  • Boone – 4.5″

Ohio

  • Ironton – 8″
  • Ashland – 7″
  • Waverly – 7″

Oklahoma

  • Bartlesville – 6″

Pennsylvania

  • Lower Makefield Township – 5.5″
  • Levittown – 5″

Virginia

  • Clintwood – 12″
  • Grundy – 12″
  • Blacksburg – 8.5″
  • Lynchburg – 7″

West Virginia

  • Logan – 15″
  • Oceana – 14.5″
  • Huntington 11.1″
  • Bluefield – 9″
  • Beckley – 8″
  • Charleston- 7.1″

Tennessee

  • Clarksville – 6″
  • Westmoreland – 5.5″
  • Portland – 5″
  • Tiptonville – 5″

Delaware

  • Georgetown – 6″

Black ice also caused accidents, school, business and Government closings in the South and Northeast. Looks like global warming has taken a looooooong vacation.


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