Snow: Inching closer to top

Counting the back-end snow that accumulated after midnight at Philadelphia’s official measuring station, the final storm total came to 11.5 inches.

That upped the seasonal accumulation to 54.8 inches, still No. 5 in the 130-year period of snow records, but No. 3 and 4 must be sweating bullets.

This season is only 0.1 inches away from No. 4, the winter of 1977-78, at 54.9, a half-inch from 1898-99.

If forecasts are right, the standings are about to change.

The National Weather Service is calling for 1 to 3 in inches of snow tonight and tomorrow, and AccuWeather is going with 2 to 4. It would take just under an inch to vault 2013-14 into third place.

We’ve observed that this is the first winter with four snowfalls of 8 inches or more.

Now it also is one of just five with two or more double-digit

Alan Weiss, a weather savvy astute reader, the one who saw the error in our top 10 chart the other day, notes that his is one of only six winters with two double-digit snows.

Here’s the list:

  • 1957-58
  • 1960-61 (3)
  • 1977-78
  • 2009-10 (3)
  • 2010-11
  • 2013-14

Here is the updated seasonal list:

  1. 78.7inches, 2009-10
  2. 65.5inches, 1995-96
  3. 55.4inches, 1898-99
  4. 54.9inches, 1977-78
  5. 54.8inches, 2013-14
  6. 49.1inches, 1960-61
  7. 46.3inches, 2002-03
  8. 44.3inches, 1966-67
  9. 44.0inches, 2010-11
  10. 43.9inches, 1917-18