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Des Moines just misses late-snowfall record

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It was barely enough to notice, but a dusting of snow overnight means 2017 will rank as the second-latest year that Des Moines has recorded a measurable snowfall.

The Des Moines National Weather Service office says one-tenth of an inch of snow was recorded at midnight Thursday, making Dec. 21 the second-latest year for snow. The record for latest snowfall will remain Dec. 26, 1939, when the ground remained bare until 1.6 inches of snow on Dec. 26.

With two-tenths of an inch on Friday, Waterloo also recorded the second-latest snowfall. The latest snowfall in Waterloo remains Dec. 28, 1913.

Despite the light snowfall, Des Moines area residents shouldn't expect a white Christmas, as there is only a slight chance for snow in the next several days.

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