Posted Online: Feb. 18, 2014, 8:49 pm

This winter is Q-C's snowiest on record

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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com

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Kay Schriefer, owner of Antique and Treasure Trove, 1725 5th Ave. Moline, clears some of the melting snow from the front of her store Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Ms. Schriefer said she wanted to clear the snow piled along the curb so her customers would have an easier time getting out of their cars. The forecast for Wednesday calls for the thaw to continue with a high temperature in the low 40s and a 90 percent chance of rain in the evening.
It is the snowiest winter in Quad-Cities recorded history, and the amount that has fallen since Dec. 1 trumps the average height of an 11-year-old.

Through Feb. 17, the area received 53.3 inches of snow. The average height of a 11-year-old boy or girl is 52 inches.

There are nine days left in the month, and National Weather Service meteorologist David Sheets said it is a good bet more snow will fall. "We will more than likely see another inch or two just because of how this winter is going," he said.

This year's snowfall total to-date is more than double the average, which is 25.5 inches, he said. The previous record for snowiest winter was 52.9 inches, set in 1978-79.

"Snowy" isn't the only word Mr. Sheets uses to describe this winter. "It has been cold," he said, adding through Feb. 17 the month was running 16 degrees below the normal temperature. "So far, February has been colder than an average January," he said.

"It makes people look forward to spring," Mr. Sheets said. This is the last of the winter months, and while it may snow yet in March, the days are getting longer and the sun is getting stronger. "Any snow that falls from here on out isn't going to be on the ground as long," he said.