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Statement as of 5:26 AM EDT on April 28, 2015

... Looking back 87 years ago today...

One of the greatest snowfalls of record for West Virginia... not
only for April... but for any month... occurred on April 27th and
28th... back in 1928.

A northeaster produced heavy wet snow... especially over the
mountain counties of West Virginia. This heavy wet snow also ran
north through western Maryland and into the Laurel mountains of
southwestern Pennsylvania around Somerset. The heavy wet snow
caused great damage to fruit trees and wildlife.

Snow accumulations included 35 inches at Bayard... 30 inches at
Davis... 20 inches at Moorefield... 17 inches at Sutton and
Elkins... and 15 inches at Morgantown.

Within a 24 hour period... Bayard had 34 of its 35 inches of snow.
That 34 inches of snow in 24 hours was a state record... that held
for 70 years.

Back in 1928... mr Harris Jones of the United States Weather
Bureau office in Elkins wrote... quoting now... a mountain man said
he measured it at various places on the mountain and it was
anywhere from 2 to 3 feet deep. End of quote.

Once again... this was 87 years ago today... back in 1928.

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