Record snow falls in Omaha in February

Jim Murnan uses a snowblower to dig out from the blizzard at his home near 44th Street and Poppleton Avenue on Sunday.

How much of a pain was February? 

A record.

Omaha experienced its snowiest February on record and one of its top 10 coldest Februarys on record, according to the National Weather Service.

The agency published the updated records Thursday evening.

"It seemed like I was shoveling a whole lot," meteorologist Scott Dergan said.

Omaha received 27 inches of snow in February. The previous record was 25.4 inches in 1965.

The past month was Omaha's ninth-coldest February on record, with an average temperature of 17.7 degrees.

Snow and temperature records for Omaha date to the late 1800s.

From December through February, 46.1 inches of snow fell, also a record. The previous record for those months was 44.3 inches in 2003-04.

When snowfall outside of those traditional winter months is factored in, the winter of 1911-12 ranks first, with 67.5 inches.

Will Omaha's winter drag on and approach that all-time total?

Hard to say.

There are indications that warmer weather is coming in late March. But Omaha has been known to get snow up until early May.

Nancy Gaarder helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow her on Twitter @gaarder. Phone: 402-444-1102.

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