Spring snow, on this date more than ten inches of snow had fallen; How much snow still to go?

It’s weather “March Madness” and although it’s spring, winter can bring some serious weather “disturbances”.

MARCH SNOWFALL

Spring fever is particularly prominent this year with the hottest start to March in years. March 2022 is averaging 6° per day above normal and we have already recorded four 70 degree days, most in a decade so early in the year. However, reality often sets in and even so late in the season we had some awesome spring snowstorms.

In March there is an average of just over 3″ of snow per year and scanning the weather records we found that quite interesting, a single recorded walk did not produce even a trace of snow – 2010. It’s quite impressive isn’t it!

On this day in 2018, a Saturday, a massive 10-inch snowfall occurred in a narrow swath of west-central Indiana in Indianapolis. It was unique snow, a heavy swath just 25 miles wide would produce 8″ to almost 11″ while leaving many places snow free. Looking back, this snowfall ranked 3rd in March and came only five years after another snow record.

Snowfall plot of March 24, 2018
This image is from the NWS office in Indianapolis on March 24, 2018
This image was captured in 2013 when another end of season, spring snowfall occurred. almost exactly five years before the 10.8″ storm in 2018.

The Indianapolis snow season to date has again been poor with a total of just 10.0″. Almost all of the snow this season fell on February 3 and even more eye-catching is that Indianapolis has only had an inch of snowfall all season. Least on record – snowfall records date back to 1885.

As of March 24, the city of Indianapolis averages less than an inch of snow, but remember last year? We had a snow record on April 20! 2.0″ of snow was recorded – the last snow of last season. It’s safe to say that we will see snow again this year and again so late in the season. Scattered snow showers are forecast for the weekend. We might even see a few areas get recoating on rooftops and grassy surfaces early Saturday.

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