Philly winter now 3rd-snowiest on record

A restaurant worker shovels as mixed winter precipitation falls Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. Snow and sleet are falling on the East Coast, from North Carolina to New England, a day after sleet, snow and ice bombarded the Southeast. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

February 19, 2014 6:57:17 AM PST
It's official - this season's long, cold, precipitation-filled winter in Philadelphia has been the third-snowiest on record - and it's not over yet.

The National Weather Service says the 3 inches recorded Tuesday at Philadelphia International Airport has boosted the snow total since December to 58.4 inches.

Meteorologist Valerie Meola of the weather service office in Mount Holly, N.J. says that pushed the 55.4 inches recorded in 1898-99 down to fourth place. Snowfall records for the city go back to 1884.

Still a little more than 7 inches away is the second-largest winter snowfall total in the city, the 65.5 inches recorded in 1995-96.

By far the largest snow total was recorded during the 2009-10 winter season, when 78.7 inches descended on the City of Brotherly Love.