Meteorological winter gets the short end of the snowstick

The months of December, January and February are counted as meteorological winter. The arrival of March will technically put an end to one form of winter here in the Upper Midwest. The real winter ends on March 20th this year, and the accumulating snow chances should end by the end of April. Nevertheless, its nice to put one from of winter into the book. This winter has thrown us several rounds of arctic temperature, but the flakes have been few and far between. The amount of snow that we can expect in an average snow season, October - April, is 54".

The meteorological winter share of that winter snow pie is roughly 2.5 feet. It looks like this meteorological winter will end with less than half that amount.The chart below shows just how short we are for this season compare to average and also compared to where we were this time last season.

There is still time to catch up on the white stuff this winter season, as we can expect accumulating snow through April. If we see average snow from now on, we will record 12.7 more inches into the books. Take a look at what we have seen so far this winter season.

I will do the math for you. 54" is the normal amount of snow for a season. So far this season, through February, we have seen 25.2". So, to hit the average of 4.5 feet, we need to see 28.8" over the next two months. Its possible, we saw 40" for the month of March 1951. March is our 3rd snowiest month so don't put the shovels away just yet.

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