Hoosiers not excited to break snowfall record this winter

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – This winter may be cemented in the record books as Indianapolis’ snowiest winter ever after an anticipated snowfall Saturday night.

We’re less than an inch away from setting the record. But there were dozens more inches before Saturday that have made this milestone possible.

It seems like all winter all we’ve seen, all we’ve talked about, has been the never ending and never disappearing snow.

“I’m not that bothered by winter but it is getting a little old,” said Kay Cunningham.

“I’m really excited about it getting above freezing next week,” joked Bruce Gitter.

So how did we get here?

It all started piling up December 5, when 4.1 inches of snow coated Indianapolis.

Just under a month later, a more than six inches dropped down, setting the table for one the most historic snow events in state history.

11.4 inches buried Indy January 5 and 6, forcing the city into a travel advisory allowing only plows and emergency vehicles on the roads.

“I remember it being really difficult to do anything like go shopping to get things for the house,” said Gitter.

“We were really fortunate that we kept our power throughout the entire storm, even when it got to minus 15.”

February hasn’t been much better. 7.1 inches blanketed the area on the Feb. 5.

And there was nothing to love about the storm on Valentine’s Day, when 5.5 inches slowed flower deliveries and forced many to cancel plans.

“It certainly put a damper on things,” said Alex Schultz, general manager at Ocean Prime. “I mean immediately people started calling and cancelling, changing their reservation until later. People were calling at 3 p.m. knowing at 6 p.m. they were going to be late.”

If you take all those snow falls, plus the all the inches sprinkled in between, you get 50.5 inches.

That averages out to more than half an inch a day since December 1.

“It’s Indiana, it’s winter. It’s supposed to be cold and snowy,” said Cunningham.

Schultz disagreed saying, “I hope I don’t see another (winter) for another 10 years.”

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