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New Year’s rainfall helps drought but does not put an end to it all


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Many New Year’s parades were literally filled with rain across the southeast. Severe storms left little damage but left behind a significant amount of rainfall.

How much rain did Sylacauga and the surrounding areas actually receive?

WFXO 98.3 FOX FM meteorologist Dan Holiday said Sylacauga received 4.94 inches of rain since Sunday. That is well over the .39 inches that January usually brings during the entire month. Holiday said the last month to have above-average rainfall was July 2016.

Even with the large amount of rain, the area is still technically in a drought.

“A typical six month period of rain from July to Dec. leaves 25.87 inches of rain,” said Holiday. The same six month period for 2016 only saw 16.2 inches. To get out of the drought there will need to be at least 4.73 inches of abnormal rainfall in the near future.

Some of that extra rain could be come in starting early Friday afternoon and it may even bring in some snow.

That is right…snow!

The fluffy white stuff that falls from the sky when it’s really cold outside and conditions are just right.


“There’s definitely going to be a mix of sleet, rain, and snow on Friday afternoon through Friday night and continuing into Saturday morning,” stated Holiday. “Right now we’re not really talking about measurements but an inch of snow is possible all the way down to the southeast corner of the state.”

Holiday said it is too early to give exact measurements of snow but there is definitely the potential for light snowfall.

If January is not able to end the drought, February might be the month to put it to rest. Holiday said February is normally a very wet month in the state and averages just over 5.5 inches of rain every year.

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