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INDIANAPOLIS - Snow piled up in central Indiana in the midst of a spring snowstorm the barreled through the region.

Indianapolis broke a record, with 6.2 inches of snow falling on March 24. The previous record for that day was 5.8 inches, which happened in 1912.

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The storm total in Indianapolis reached 8.7 inches by 1 p.m. Monday, eventually surpassing the 9-inch mark.

Storm totals elsewhere as of Monday morning were impressive, especially for a storm so late in the year.

The National Weather Service received a report from a storm spotter in Parke County that 11.5 inches of snow had fallen in 24 hours there, including the snow that fell during the first wave of the storm early Sunday.

An 11.5-inch total was also received from emergency management in Marion, in Grant County. 

A storm total of 10.5 inches was recorded near Muncie. 

National Weather Service automated stations tallied 10.5 inches of accumulation in Covington, in Fountain County, with 10 inches recorded just northwest of Kokomo.

NWS said 7.5 inches of snow fell in Tipton and Fishers, with 6.6 inches of snow in Carmel, 8.2 inches in McCordsville and 7 inches in Jamestown, in Boone County.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, 7.3 inches of snow had fallen at the NWS officer near the airport.

Nearly 10 inches of snow fell in Marion, in Grant County, emergency managers there said, with 7.5 inches falling in Peru.

A little more than 5 inches of snow was on the ground at the RTV6 studios on North Meridian Street, but RTV6 photojournalist Jason Scheuer measured nearly 8 inches on the ground on Indianapolis' northwest side.

RTV6 viewers also sent their storm totals, with Robert Christian measuring 7 inches of accumulation in Fishers and Becki Montague reporting 6 inches on the ground in Westfield.

Dayle Beebe measured 9 inches on the ground just west of Kokomo, and Shirley Cook reported 10 inches of snow in Denver, in Miami County. Keri Donaldson-Davies reported 8 inches on the ground where she is in Miami County.

Charlene Hutchins reported that 8.5 inches of snow was on her patio in Peru and Melissa Wood measured 8 inches on the ground in West Lafayette.

 

RTV6 gardening expert Dick Crum said winter's unwanted scraps will soon become buried treasure for ground soil.

"Normally during the winter months and late winter, the ground is frozen, so when we do get moisture, it runs away," Crum said. "It ends up in the rivers and the streams. It doesn't go in the ground, but here the ground is thawed. The moisture is going to go right in."

Crum said central Indiana usually soaks up about 36 inches of rainfall a year keeping deep-rooted trees, shrubs and plants alive, but the past three years have seen much less than that.

"We really need all the moisture we can get," he said.

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