Wednesday’s projected snowfall might eclipse the total for the entire year to date.
Currently, this year’s 2.5 inches of snow is the fifth smallest amount recorded here since 1900. The only significant snow here all year occurred in February, and it disappeared within a short time of hitting the ground.
That could change soon. Forecasters say three to five inches of snow may fall here between Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning.
Even if those projections are met, 2012 would still be one of only 21 years since 1900 with total snowfall accumulation in the single digits.
There is a 50 percent chance of rain and light snow Wednesday afternoon. The forecast shows snow in the evening and likely after midnight. Areas of blowing snow are projected through the night, and that snowfall may be heavy at times.
There’s also a 20 percent chance of light snow and rain for Christmas Eve.
If USD 383 used a snow day Thursday, it would affect the Manhattan High School finals, which are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
MHS principal Terry McCarty said a course of action on how to handle a potential missed day would be determined by Wednesday after a faculty meeting. He said the options are to hold all the finals on Friday, which cuts each final time from 90 minutes to 60 minutes, or to hold finals on the first two days after winter break.