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Snowiest February on record

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South Highway 89 avalanche

Single-lane traffic flows both ways as a Big Bear Towing employee works to free a car from avalanche debris Feb. 13 afternoon on South Highway 89 near the Lockhart Ranch. The vehicle was pushed into the center lane, and its driver walked away without injuries.

It’s official. This is the snowiest February on the books.

Valentine’s Day brought the final flakes needed to push 2019 ahead of 1978’s record of 33 inches. That morning the snowfall rose to about 35 inches. As of Tuesday, snowfall for the month measured just over 40 inches.

With more than a week to go this February could be a contender for second-snowiest month overall. That title belongs to December 2008 and its 47.5 inches.

And the Big One? January 1969 pummeled Jackson with a whopping 56 inches.

For those who are tired of shoveling roofs and driveways, the rest of the month looks pretty clear. Here’s a look back at some photos from the storm.

Avalanche behind Miazga's restaurant

People survey the results from a slide off East Gros Ventre Butte behind Miazga's restaurant on Feb. 13. Four cars were pushed, damaged and partially buried by the slide without human injury.

Avalanche behind Miazga's restaurant

Waiter Ryan Swanson and his daughter Grace Swanson, 4, examine the serious damage to their truck from a slide off East Gros Ventre Butte behind Miazga’s restaurant on Feb. 13. Grace was in the truck only minutes before the avalanche slid into the parking lot, breaking all the vehicle's windows and partially flattening the truck’s roof.

Avalanche behind Miazga's restaurant

Server Ryan Swanson, left, and co-owner Jennifer Miazga, right, dig out Miazga's car from avalanche debris from a slide off East Gros Ventre Butte behind Miazga's restaurant on Feb. 13. Miazga eventually freed her car and was able to drive it.

Avalanche behind Miazga's restaurant

Operations manager Kristina Jackson inspects the back of T.J. Maxx after a slide Feb. 13. off East Gros Ventre Butte behind Miazga’s restaurant.

East Gros Ventre Butte avalanche

Craig Forster and Dennis Phelps look at the slide path behind Miazga's on Feb. 13 afternoon following an avalanche that ran across Flat Creek and partially buried four cars in the restaurant's parking lot. No one was injured in the slide.

Spring Gulch avalanche

A small avalanche partly blocks the south end of Spring Gulch Road on Feb. 13 during early stages of a large winter storm that would ravage area roadways for the next three days.

Snow in Grand Teton

A rotary plow cleans up high snowbanks along the Gros Ventre Road on Sunday in Grand Teton National Park.

Clearing snow

A rotary snow plow clears snow from a pullout in Grand Teton National Park. The highway was closed from Moose to Moran from the morning of Feb. 20 to noon Feb. 21 and again from Sunday to this morning.

Roof shoveling

Marco Hernandez, right, and Javier Sosa shovel snow off the roof of a home Monday on S. Millward Street. Jackson Hole residents are still digging out from a series of record-setting winter storms.

This story has been corrected to show this February is the "snowiest" — not deepest, which refers to settled snowpack depth — and to reflect that 1978 had the old record. This story has also been updated to include the latest snowfall numbers. For more in-depth coverage of snow-depth records for February, read Jim Woodmencey's Feb. 13 Mountain Weather column. — Ed. 

Contact Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington at 732-7078 or rebecca@jhnewsandguide.com.

Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington has worked for newspapers across the West. She hosts a rescue podcast, The Fine Line. Her family minivan doubles as her not-so-high-tech recording studio.

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