National Weather Service says approximately 3 inches of snow fell on county Wednesday night
by David Lazenby
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Snow covers vehicles at the Scott Crump automobile dealership in Jasper Wednesday night. Weather officials say 2011 could be a record year for snow in Walker County.  Photo by: David Lazenby
Snow covers vehicles at the Scott Crump automobile dealership in Jasper Wednesday night. Weather officials say 2011 could be a record year for snow in Walker County. Photo by: David Lazenby
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Now that much of Walker County has been blanketed with snow for the second time in less than a month, the county is on course to set a modern day winter weather record.

Jim Westland, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said approximately 3 inches of flurries fell in Walker County during the latest snow storm that started Wednesday afternoon and did not let up until early Thursday morning.

About 3.5 inches of snow covered Walker County at the conclusion of a blizzard that began on Jan. 9. Some areas of the county also got a sprinkling of snow last week.

“It stacks up there,” Westland said about this year’s level of winter precipitation. “It would be fair to say this is the snowiest season since at least the mid ’90s.”

During 1993, when much of the nation was affected by a massive blizzard, Walker County received 5.5 inches of snow, according to the NWS.

Westland said in 1964 the area received about 6.5 inches of snow, about the same year in which the agency’s historical records begin. He added there were three years in the ’60s when the county got at least 5.5 inches of snow.

“The 1960s looked pretty snowy for Jasper,” he said.

Regarding Wednesday’s snow, Westland said the largest concentration in Walker County was in the western portion of the county.

Robert Sparkman, the superintendent of Jasper City Schools, said despite a two-hour delay, Thursday’s school day generally went as planned with one exception. He said a basketball tournament in Hayden was canceled because several of the schools participating in it were closed because of the inclement weather.

“Other than that we made it in OK,” he said. “Everything seemed to go well.”

Three days of classes that were canceled by the Jasper City School district because of the January snowstorm will be made up on April 25 and May 26-27.

“Unless it snows again, we’re going to use our weather day (to make up a school day),” said Sparkman who added the Walker High School graduation ceremony scheduled for May 26 will be held as planned.

Although Walker County Board of Education officials had considered having school on Feb. 26 and March 26 to make up for days missed because of snow in January, at Thursday’s meeting of the school board School Superintendent Jason Adkins said that decision would not be made until a later date.