Like arborists examining an old tree, Indiana volunteer firefighters chopped through layer upon layer upon layer of accumulated ice and snow on Sunday near the fire hydrant at the curbside near Sixth and Philadelphia streets.
And, had they wanted to, they could have identified the rings representing major weather events of the winter.
There’s the morning it hit minus 15, on Jan. 22. And there’s Feb. 5, the day we had all that snow with freezing rain on top.
Then there’s the persistent, inch-by-inch snowfall that never seems to abate.
[PHOTO: Indiana firefighters cleared snow away from a hydrant Sunday in downtown Indiana. From left are Mike Clawson, Company 2; Mark Little, Company 1; Scott Schuller, fire chief; Mike Jewart, Company 2; and Megan Myers, Company 1. (Teri Enciso/Gazette photo)]
The firefighters know that shoveling out hydrants is a work in progress, as new snowfall totaled 3.5 inches between Friday and this morning.
More than half of it fell on Sunday.
That brought the season total to 59.9 inches, as measured at the Pennsylvania American Water Company plant at Two Lick Lake.
By Feb. 17 last year, the area had received 31.7 inches of snow.
And now is not the time to put away the snow shovels.
More snow is expected to fall tonight into Tuesday.
The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory for 4 to 6 inches of sleet, snow, freezing drizzle and more snow, all expected to hit the area between 7 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Tuesday.