How uncommon is the lack of snow this far into the season?
Bill Stephens, Web Editor
January 30th, 2017
You may be wondering just how uncommon the lack of snow this deep into the winter season is. According to the National Weather Service in Paducah the average snowfall through January 29th in Paducah, KY is around 5.2” and in Evansville, IN is around 7.3”. We have picked up a meager 0.2” so far this season in Paducah and 0.4” in Evansville!
Looking back at all years in the period of record in Paducah, dating back to 1938, there have been 12 years where we had 1.0″ of snow or less this far into the season. 9 of those 12 winters finished with 3.0″ or less (well below normal seasonal snowfall), 2 finished near normal (7.9″ in 1957-1958 and 9.9″ in 1974-1975), and 1 year finished above normal (13.7″ in 1970-1971).
As for Evansville, snowfall records date back to 1948, and there have been 7 years where there was only 1.0″ of snow or less this far into the season. 3 of those 7 winters finished with 4.0″ or less (well below normal seasonal snowfall), and the other 4 finished above normal with 1 of them ending as the 3rd snowiest season on record. That was 1959-1960 when only 0.5″ fell through January 29th, but the season ended up with 30″ thanks to the snowiest March on record (20.2″).
Graphic courtesy of NWS Paducah