At this time last year, the Corry area had already received 61 inches of snow.

Quite a difference from the measly 4.5 inches the city has seen this year — but few residents are complaining.

“I think when we get it we are really going to get it good,” said Jerry Owens, a weather observer for Skywarn, which provides snowfall data for the National Weather Service. “We’ve had years like this before. I’m going to keep my gloves and snow shovel handy.”

For the most part, Corry has managed to escape cold temperatures with mercury levels hovering around the 40- and 50-degree mark.

Traces of white stuff have made their appearance here and there, but nothing compared to what residents were shoveling during the 2008-09 season.

The first snow of the current season flew Oct. 16 with a total of 3 inches. The next day, Oct. 17, added 1 more inch to the total.

There were two dustings in November — Nov. 4 and Nov. 27 — but not enough to measure, said Owens.

Corry’s overnight snowfall total measured one half inch, bringing the year’s total to 4.5 inches.

“We’ll see what happens the rest of December,” Owens said.

Of the 61 inches that fell last year, 51.1 inches piled up in just seven days between Nov. 17 and Nov. 23. The season ended with 221 inches.

More snow may be in store for local residents, as weather reports indicate lake-effect accumulation for Thursday and Friday, Owens said.

“Friday is supposed to be the worst of it,” Owens said. “I’ll keep my yardstick handy for that one.”

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