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March 1, 2010

Garrett smashes snowfall record

262.5 inches have fallen this winter at Keysers Ridge

times news — OAKLAND (AP) — The snowiest part of Maryland has set a winter weather record.

More than 2 1/2 feet of snow fell in Garrett County last week, pushing the seasonal total into record territory.

The State Highway Administration said Monday that 262.5 inches have fallen this winter at its garage near Keyser’s Ridge. That tops the old record of 233.5 inches recorded in the winter of 2002-03.

In Oakland, National Weather Service observer Sherry Helbig reports a seasonal total of 210 inches, more than double the winter average of 95 inches.

SHA spokesman David Buck said the snowbanks along state Route 495 are about as high as road crews can pile the stuff using giant snowblowers. He said it’s a challenge the agency has never faced before.

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