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Feb 24, 2014 4:04 PM by Dennis Bragg - KPAX News

Tired of shoveling? You should be with Missoula's snowiest Feb. in 68 years

MISSOULA - If you're tired of shoveling snow that's understandable, because Missoula hasn't seen this much February snow since your great-grandfather was digging out.

This February was already one to remember, with the heavy snow that moved in and replaced our mild January conditions. But the National Weather Service says the snow that hit over the weekend pushed Missoula into record territory.

By Monday morning, the "Garden City" had received more than 24" of snow this month, topping the 21" we saw in February three years ago. But the new total is the most Missoula has received since the epic winter of 1936, when more than 43" had fallen by this point.

That total only covers the weather records in Missoula, not in the outlying areas which have received even more snow.

NWS meteorologist Robert Nester says that February of 1936 was a brutally cold month - in fact the coldest February on record.

Feb. 12 was the biggest one day snowfall at 19.7", with more than 24" falling in a two-day period. There were also 15 days that year were below zero, with three-days of -20 conditions. It was eclipsed only by December 1996 as the snowiest month in Missoula history.

SNOW TOTALS FOR FEBRUARY

1. 1936 43.3"
2. 2014 24.1" thus far
3. 2011 21.6"
4. 1959 21.2"
5. 1975 20.1"

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