After four major snowstorms descended on New England in the past three weeks and left record-setting amounts of snow -- particularly in Boston -- the snow gods apparently decided to set their sights elsewhere around the country to spread the winter precipitation gospel, prompting school cancellations and business closures, and in some cases knocking out power in and around the southeast U.S. on a frigid Presidents Day.
The winter storm, dubbed Octavia by the Weather Channel, Monday left parts of the Deep South under an even deeper freeze, including and especially in Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina where temperatures hovered well below the freezing mark. But Kentucky, along with several Midwest states, didn’t escape the storm’s wrath, which stretched from Kansas -- where one driver was killed after his car slid on an icy road into an Amtrak train -- to Ohio. The Mid-Atlantic region was also affected, with Washington under a winter storm watch and Roanoke, Virginia, in the throes of a winter storm warning, the Weather Channel reported.
Through it all, impressive levels of snow have been dropped on some of the most unlikely of locations, such as Kentucky, where more than a foot of snow had accumulated by late afternoon.
Pretty sure this is the most snow I've ever seen in Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/q0IbzMQeuS
— Amanda Renea (@AmandaCarney13) February 16, 2015
Tennessee also got some snow, but was in many instances frozen over with sheets of ice covering everything from the ground -- further exacerbating hazardous driving conditions -- to many trees.
â€” The Tennessean (@Tennessean) February 16, 2015
But it is perhaps the Midwest that got the worst of it, the Weather Channel said, with a foot of snow blanketing areas in Illinois, nearly a foot in Missouri, 8 inches in Indiana, and 6 inches in Ohio. In the south, Tennessee got nearly 6 inches and Arkansas got 5 inches. Elsewhere, 6 inches fell in both Oklahoma and Virginia while nearly 7 inches blanketed parts of West Virginia. More of the same is expected Monday night and into Tuesday for Maryland, with at least 5 inches of snow forecast there.
â€” Amye Buckley (@NWAAmye) February 16, 2015
— Dominic Brown WTKR (@DominicBrownTV) February 16, 2015
— Angela Layne Burgett (@adlayne) February 16, 2015
Still, Boston has clearly set the standard for snowfall this winter, especially this month, which gave the Massachusetts capital its snowiest February on record. And just in case the city's record was in jeopardy -- which it is not -- more snow is expected Tuesday.