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Snow Totals for December-February on Light Side

Snow Totals for December-February on Light Side
Old man winter delivered a big punch in February.

It's been many years since Indiana saw major snowfall in March like some areas saw last week. Ironically, in 1960, around March 6, one of the biggest snowstorms with very cold weather paralyzed central Indiana, stranding people in gyms for sectionals back when they packed gyms and played in the afternoon.

Despite all that, because it happens so rarely, climatologists count climatological winter as December 1 through Feb. 28. Even with the large snow after Christmas, two-thirds of the state still saw snowfall totals slightly below normal for the three-month period. Only some areas in southwest Indiana, which picked up most of their snow in that one snowfall event, wound up above normal.

Near-normal winter: Snowfall actually ended up below normal for the three winter months in everywhere but southwest Indiana.

Officially, according to Ken Scheeringa, assistant state climatologist, South Bend recorded 47.7 inches, with over half of their snow coming in February, partly as lake effect snow. The average there for the three-month period is 52.9 inches.

Indianapolis officially recorded 19.8 inches, with 14.8 inches in December. Only 2.4 and 2.6 inches were recorded in January and February, respectively. Many light storms came through, but most barely delivered anything, or else delivered rain when temperatures were above freezing.

Evansville averages 10.4 inches, but recorded 12.3 inches this year. Of that total, 10.3 inches came in December, with only 0.3 inches in January and 1.3 inches in February. Some areas near Vincennes received much more, with some farmers reporting 20 inches during the week after Christmas.

Indianapolis didn't record its first inch of snow until Dec 21, followed by the large snow event the day after Christmas. South Bend recorded the first inch on Dec. 10. Evansville didn't record the first inch of snow until Dec. 26, when the region received most of its snowfall for the year.

Overall, the bottom line is that for the period climatologists call winter, Indianapolis and South Bend were slightly below normal in total snowfall, and Evansville was slightly above normal.

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