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By Jess Macinko
News Editor 

Top stories of 2017: A blizzard for the books


January 3, 2018

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BLIZZARD TAKES TOLL: Snow hit the area hard, resulting in accidents and slushy roads.

You may not have noticed, but the Gorge got a little snow recently. Goldendale received its fair share: a total of 25 inches between Jan. 8 and 12. More than half that snow fell on a single day, Wednesday, Jan. 11, which saw a total of 14 inches. That's the most snowfall recorded in one day since Goldendale's all-time record of 24 inches on Nov. 20, 1921.

Marilyn Lohmann of the National Weather Service Pendleton office attributes the quiet blizzard to a low-pressure system that developed just off the Oregon coast. The fact the system stayed in place for most of the four-day period is what created the "snow-globe" effect: a slow-but-steady accumulation of light, dry snow.

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