NWS Paducah Recaps Record Warm Winter Season 2016-17
Bill Stephens, Web Editor
March 7th, 2017
Winter 2016-2017 (December-February) was record warm and relatively dry across our region along with hardly any snowfall. Paducah recorded their warmest winter season on record, beating the old record set back in 1949-1950. Evansville and Cape Girardeau finished as their 2nd warmest winter, with Evansville recording their warmest since 1931-1932. You likely noticed that snow was basically nonexistent this winter. Paducah finished with a measly 0.2” which ranks as the 4th least snowiest winter on record. We haven’t had a winter with less snow since 1991-1992 when no measurable snow occurred in Paducah. Evansville tied for their least snowiest winter on record (dating back to 1897), with only 0.4”, which also occurred in 2011-2012. The area with the most snow was up along and north of the I-64 corridor where 1.5 to 2 inches occurred, mainly in one event on January 5th. It was also a drier than normal winter for most of the region, with many areas finishing 2 to 6 inches below normal winter precipitation. The lone exception was portions of western KY, particularly the Pennyrile region. The winter season ended with a significant severe weather event/tornado outbreak on February 28th.