Snow has fallen across central Ohio this winter, but so far we have dodged the big storms, with the largest 24-hour snowfall at only 3 inches. When can snow lovers expect more snow, and will we see a major winter storm this year?

Snow has fallen across central Ohio this winter, but so far we have dodged the big storms, with the largest 24-hour snowfall at only 3 inches. When can snow lovers expect more snow, and will we see a major winter storm this year?

Total snowfall this season has reached 6.3 inches, or 2 inches below average for this time of year. We have had three "inconvenient" snows, meaning slow traffic and school delays. About 1.1 inches fell Dec. 9; 3.1 inches came down Dec. 13, and about an inch fell Jan. 5.

Meanwhile, other parts of the country have been blasted with heavy snow, ice and bitter cold. Sections of California have received snow by the foot, not the inch. The Southeast saw more snow in a day than it typically receives in a year. Snow in Georgia and the Carolinas brought traffic to a stop last weekend. The Upper Midwest has been hit by not one but two blizzards this winter.

Central Ohio picks up an average of 30 inches of snow each winter. Most of our snows are under an inch, but it can add up fast.

If you are hoping for a big storm, the end of January and beginning of February is normally very active. Many of our big snows fall around Presidents Day or Valentine's Day.

The long-range outlook for the second half of January calls for above-average temperatures and above-average precipitation. That could mean rain, but it may also include freezing rain. I'd take snow over ice any day!

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Weather where you live author Chris Bradley is chief meteorologist at WBNS-10TV.