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March Snow Numbers

Find out exactly how unusual it is to see snow in central Virginia during the month of March!

After I read Travis Koshko's blog this morning on our weekend snow, it made me even more curious about exactly how often we experience snow in March here in central Virginia. After crunching all of the numbers, here's what I came up with.

(All of the information below is from McCormick Observatory at the University of Virginia)

Since 1893, there have been 100 measurable snowfalls occurring in the month of March. Some of these have been fairly significant snows. March 5, 1962 brought nearly two feet of snow to the region and even as late as March 16, 1960 we had a storm that dropped a whopping 13.5". The biggest snowfall ever recorded close to last Sunday's date happened on March 26, 1971 when McCormick observed 9.3".

One thing jumped out at me after looking over all of the numbers -- despite the fact that we've had 100 measurable snows in March, only 18 of those occurred after March 20. This shows that the later in the month we go, the more rare these snowfall events become. Of course we've had measurable snow here in the month of April, too - so maybe it's not a good idea to put the scrapers away just yet!

We could even see a few wet snowflakes mixing in with our next storm that will affect the area Tuesday night and into Wednesday. Right now it looks like no snow accumulation is expected.

Brantley

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