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HANCOCK COUNTY —  It’s unlikely there are too many Hancock County residents who are sad to say goodbye to the month of January, which proved to be the second-snowiest on record. It snowed on 19 of January’s 31 days, and there were 10 days when measurable snowfall was recorded by the National Weather Service. Snowfall for the month totaled 26.7 inches. That’s not too far from setting a record. The snowiest January ever was in 1978 with 30.6 inches. January also brought multiple days of subzero temperatures that forced schools to close and compromised even the most basic travel.

Here’s a look at some of the month’s most notable statistics:

* 11: Number of days on which school was either canceled (7) or delayed (4) at Greenfield-Central schools, thanks to poor road conditions and freezing temperatures.

* 8: Number of days with below-zero temperatures.

* 16: Deepest snow cover, in inches. That occurred on Jan. 6.

* 26: Number of January days with at least an inch of snow cover on the ground. This was the second-snowiest January on record.

* Jan. 5: Second-snowiest day on record (11.4 inches).  March 19, 1906, still stands at No. 1 with 12.1.

* Heavy on the salt: The Hancock County Highway Department and Greenfield Street Department spread a combined total of 1,150 tons of salt in January.

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