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Storm clears air: Snow, wind creates problems | Preston Citizen

Storm clears air: Snow, wind creates problems

January 30, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL

Assistant editor

A record snowstorm for the area hit Sunday and dumped 8.3 inches of the white stuff in Preston City. Windy, blizzard-like conditions cleared the days-long temperature inversion and dirty air from the valley, but canceled some church services throughout the community.

A record snowstorm for Jan. 27 hit Franklin County early Sunday morning and closed some roads in the area for a time. Church services were canceled in some communities. Windy conditions scoured pollution from the area and cleaned the air. Temperature inversions may reappear by the weekend as high pressure is forecast to return.

King Smith, who records official weather statistics in Preston for the National Weather Service, said the previous record snowfall for Jan. 27 was five inches and that happened in 1995.

“So far (as of Monday) for January the Preston area has received 15.8 inches of snow. More storms are expected until the end of the week. The total so far this winter season is just over 36 inches of snow,” he said.

Air pollution levels in Franklin County improved on Sunday from the bad-to-good category because of the strong winter storm that pushed through the area. But how long the air stays good is questionable.

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