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Woman braves high wind, snow (AP)

February 24, 2010 8:34:12 PM PST
It seems like North Carolina is in the middle of one the worst winters ever. But really how bad is it?In the most recent snow event, the Sandhills really got pounded.

At the end of last month, RDU got about five and a half inches of snow fall, while Durham received seven inches and Roxboro got covered with even more.

The snow and sleet mix kept many off the roads and kids away from school.

However, as awful as it seems, ABC11 Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Chris Hohmann and the rest of the ABC11 weather team says RDU's 30 year snow average is 7.2 inches.

This season we're at 7.1 - and that's with one more month of winter left.

What makes it so uncomfortable are the cold temperatures with several consecutive months being below average.

Hohmann says El Nino is to blame. The warm current in the Pacific is ushering in more cooler air and precipitation this winter.

History actually reveals we've seen much worse snow and volatility. It actually happened during a non-El Nino year with the storm in January 2000.

There was 20 inches of snow that fell in one day and crippled the Triangle for a week.

There was a cold stretch too, but temperatures the following month were well above average.

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