The number tells the story of a winter that will not end.

And that number, 69.5, is no April Fools’ Day joke.

It represents how many inches of snow had been measured at the National Weather Service office at Akron-Canton Airport through the end of March.

That is the most snowfall since the winter of 1977-78, when a record-setting 82 inches fell.

A total of 10.2 inches of snow was measured in March, making this the sixth snowiest winter season.

That standing could change if there are snowstorms in April. According to the National Weather Service, no snow is forecast over the next several days, but a blast this month would not be totally unexpected. The most snow recorded locally in an April was 20.9 inches in 1987.

Rounding out the top five snowiest years are: 1960-61, 81.5 inches; 1962-63, 75.2 inches; 1974-75, 72.7 inches; and 1950-51, 72.3 inches.