Ashley Sets Seasonal Snowfall Record


Ashley – We all know this has been a rough winter…from frequent blizzards to 60 degree zero wind chills.

But one North Dakota town has blown everyone away.

It’s been a record year for snowfall here in Ashley, and if you’re wondering how much snow, try nearly 100 inches, now for perspective, the snowfall here is actually level with the roofs of some homes.

“This is the worst by far, I’ve worked here since 2001 and this is the worst by far, they say 97 we had quite a bit, but I wasn’t working for the city then”. Said Todd Doctor Ashley’s Water Works supervisor.

Ashley North Dakota May be home to around 700 people and those residents can tell their children they lived through the snowiest winter on record.

89.6 inches of snow has fallen so far…that’s nearly 8 feet of snow thats been dumped on Ashley…breaking the old record of 88.9 inches set in the winter of 1996…

Kyle Thiery is Ashley’s mayor and the man in charge of cleaning everything up…

“We have some land outside of town where we can put the snow, but now with thawing, we’re having a hard time getting in and out of there, so we’ve had to change where we’ve put it, but I would say the biggest problem would be where we’re putting it and the guys have been really good about getting it off the streets”. Said Thiery.

He says they’ve pretty much run out of places to put all that snow…and while nearly 100 inches of snow sounds impressive, seeing it reach the roofs of some homes puts it in a whole new light.

But try being away for most of the winter in Arizona like Amy Ware and coming home to all this snow…

“We had been sent pictures, but the pictures don’t do justice how much snow there is”. Said Ware.

She tells she is concerned about springtime flooding and the mayor tells me they’re already filling sandbags in some areas in preparation of any flooding once melting begins.

There is some good news… no major snow is forecasted for Ashley in the foreseeable future.

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