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Officially, Cleveland got socked with 6.3 inches of snow from Wednesday’s storm. That according to the National Weather Service and their army of storm spotters. Overall, snow totals varied widely. 9.5 inches fell in Thompson of Geauga County compared to 2 inches at the Mansfield Lahm Airport.

All in all, we escaped the worst of this winter storm thanks to an East Coast low pressure center developing near Washington DC about 6 hours earlier than expected. As strong low pressure moved close to the Ohio River Wednesday morning, the East Coast storm began to form and strengthen. The coastal system effectively “stole” energy from the Ohio River low. Our low weakened rapidly Wednesday afternoon as energy was transferred east across the Appalachian Mountains to the storm near Maryland. This effectively prevented highs winds & blizzard conditions from developing across Northern Ohio and cut back snow totals by as much as 3 to 6 inches for all of us here.

Still, snow totals were impressive for many across the area.

Here are the totals from the National Weather Service:

SPOTTER REPORTS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH

9:08 PM EST WED DEC 26 2012

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 13 HOURS FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION. APPRECIATION IS EXTENDED TO HIGHWAY  DEPARTMENTS…COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS…SKYWARN SPOTTERS AND MEDIA FOR THESE REPORTS. THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/CLEVELAND

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