Monday?s official snowfall measurement was 6.7 inches, which brought the grand total for the month of February to 7 inches. But you may recall, if you shoveled Monday?s snow, that it was literally light as a feather. Due to ideal snow crystal growth conditions in the clouds Monday, those snow crystals grew extremely large. When the snowflakes settled on the ground, the large crystals left a lot of space between each other. This extra space was nothing but air, which is why the snow was so light when it was shoveled. Based on a strict adherence to the rules, the National Weather Service is expected to have a Winter Storm Warning in place any time six inches of snow falls in a twelve hour period.
However, they did not hoist a Warning last Monday. It is a good thing, too, because the downy snow accumulation caused few problems Monday except to make streets icy. A Winter Storm Warning would have seemed a heavy handed reaction.