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Kansas City and Surrounding Area - Snow Climatology
Found below is a listing of numerous snowfall and temperature facts for the Kansas City and surrounding cities during the winter season. Note: Some historical climate data may be incomplete for St Joseph, Kirksville, Sedalia, and Olathe, but are included for informational purposes.

Kansas City:

Average winter snowfall (Oct-Apr, 1981-2010): 18.8"

Warmest winter season (Dec-Feb): 39.1 degrees (1931-1932)
Coldest winter season (Dec-Feb): 21.5 degrees (1978-1979)
Coldest temperature ever recorded: -23 degrees on Dec. 22 and 23, 1989
St. Joseph:
Average winter snowfall (Oct-Apr): 18.8

Warmest winter season (Dec-Feb): 36.3 degrees (1991-1992)
Coldest winter season (Dec-Feb): 19.0 degrees (1978-1979)
Coldest temperature ever recorded: -25 degrees on Jan. 12,1974
Kirksville:
Average winter snowfall (Oct-Apr): 22.6

Warmest winter season (Dec-Feb): 35.8 degrees 1931-1932
Coldest winter season (Dec-Feb): 18.6 degrees 1978-1979
Coldest temperature ever recorded: -31 degrees on Feb. 13,1905
Sedalia:
Average winter snowfall (Oct-Apr): 18.7

Warmest winter season (Dec-Feb): 38.5 degrees 1953-1954
Coldest winter season (Dec-Feb): 21.7 degrees 1977-1978
Coldest temperature ever recorded: -30 degrees on Feb. 12,1899
Olathe:
Average winter snowfall (Oct-Apr): 20.0

Warmest winter season (Dec-Feb): 39.8 degrees 1991-1992
Coldest winter season (Dec-Feb): 23.5 degrees 1978-1979
Coldest temperature ever recorded: -29 degrees on Feb. 12,1899
 
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Top 10 Monthly and Daily Snowfall Totals in Kansas City History
OCTOBER MONTHLY (1888-2013) OCTOBER DAILY (1888-2013)
Amount (inches)
Year
6.5
1996
5.8
1898
3.0
1908, 1913
1.0
1912, 1997
0.8
1917
0.5
1925
0.1
1951
Amount (inches)
Day/Year
6.5
22 nd/1996
3.3
17 th/1898
3.0
24 th/1908
2.0
28 th/1913
1.5
25 th/1898
1.0
26th/1997, 26th/1913 31st/1912,18/1898
0.8
29 th/1917
NOVEMBER MONTHLY (1888-2013)    NOVEMBER DAILY (1888-2013)
Amount (inches)
Year
9.1
1923
7.4
1898
7.1
1975
6.8
2004
6.4
1932
6.0
1906
5.0
1934
4.9
1958
4.8
1996
4.6
1952, 1991
Amount (inches)
Day/Year
9.1
29th/1923
5.1
24th/2004
4.8
30th/1996
4.5
27th/1958
4.4
15th/1932
4.0
30th/1934
3.9
26th/1975
3.8
19th/1906
3.7
25th/1895
3.2
28th/1918
   DECEMBER MONTHLY (1888-2013) DECEMBER DAILY (1888-2013)
Amount (inches)
Year
16.6
1961
16.4
1918

15.1

2009

14.8
1945
13.2
1983
11.9
1987
11.8
1904, 1914, 2000
11.7
1978
Amount (inches)
Day/Year
9.7
14th/1987
8.5
5th/1942
7.8
22nd/1961
7.7
31st/1978
7.5
9th/1944
7.4
23rd/1918
7.3
27th/1904, 7th/2005
7.2
3rd/1898
7.0
13th/2000
JANUARY MONTHLY (1888-2014) JANUARY DAILY (1888-2014)
 
Amount (inches)
Year
30.5
1962
22.2
1930
21.9
1898
17.3
2011
16.5
1958
14.2
1977
13.7
1949
13.3
1979
13.2
1959
12.8
1940
Amount (inches)
Day/Year
11.8
18th/1962
10.5
21st/1958
10.1
5th/1962
9.5
9th/1993
8.9
9th/1930
8.1
18th/1949
7.6
9th/1985
7.2
10th/2011
7.0
19th/2011
6.8
22nd/1898
FEBRUARY MONTHLY (1888-2013)          FEBRUARY DAILY (1888-2013)
Amount (inches)
Year
20.7
1960
20.5
2013
18.4
1900
17.1
1894
15.7
1993
15.4
1897
15.0
1912
14.3
1914
13.8
1901
13.6
1905
Amount (inches)
Day/Year
11.8
27th/1900
10.5
25th/1993
9.8
18th/1926
9.5
25th/1912
9.2
21st/2013
8.9
1st/2011
8.7
12th/1894
8.4  26th/2013
8.0
20th/1960
7.5
5th/2004 4th/2014
 MARCH MONTHLY (1888-2013) MARCH DAILY (1888-2013)
Amount (inches)
Year
40.2
1912
29.3
1960
14.1
1931
13.5
1915
13.1
1906
12.4
1926
11.8
1891
11.4
1978
11.1
1952
10.8
1953
Amount (in)
Day/Year
20.5
23rd/1912
10.4
4th/1915
8.7
23rd/1990
8.6
2nd/1960
8.0
15th/1960
7.5
30th/1926
7.3
20th/2010
6.9
7th/1931
6.5
11th/1912
6.3
7th/1891
    APRIL MONTHLY(1888-2013) APRIL DAILY (1888-2013)
Amount (in)
Day/Year
7.2
1983
7.0
1920
7.0
1938
6.5
1926
6.0
1901
5.2
1899
4.6
1970
4.1
1916
3.7
1961
3.6
1903
Amount (in)
Day/Year
7.0
8th/1938
4.7
3rd/1899
4.6
1st/1970
3.6
4th/1920
3.5
3rd/1903
3.4
3rd/1920
3.4
1st/1926
3.2
1st/1901
3.2
4th/1983
3.1
2nd/1926
    MAY MONTHLY(1888-2013) MAY DAILY (1888-2013)
Amount (in)
Day/Year
1.7
1907
0.5
2013
Amount (in)
Day/Year
1.7
3rd/1907
0.5
2nd/2013
Heavy Snow: Snows of 10 Inches or More in Kansas City...
Number Year Dates Storm Total Max Daily Total
1 1912 March 22-24 24.2 Inches 20.5 Inches (23rd)
2 1894 Feb 11-12 15.8 Inches 8.7 Inches (12th)
3 1958 January 20-21 14.6 Inches 10.5 Inches (21st)
4 1962 January 18-19 14.0 Inches 11.8 Inches (18th)
5 1960 March 14-15 13.8 Inches 8.0 Inches (15th)
6 1930 January 8-9 13.7 Inches 12.8 Inches (8th)
7 1900 February 27-28 13.0 Inches 11.8 Inches (27th)
8 1926 March 29.31 12.3 Inches 7.5 Inches (30th)
9 1918 December 23-24 12.2 Inches 9.5 Inches (24th)
10 1915 March 3-5 11.9 Inches 10.4 Inches (4th)
11 1993 February 24-25 11.1 Inches 10.5 Inches (25th)
12 1987 December 14-15 11.0 Inches 9.7 Inches (14th)
13 2013 February 25-27 11.0 Inches
8.4 Inches (26th)
14 1912 February 25-16 10.6 Inches 9.5 Inches (25th)
15 1978 December 30-31 10.5 Inches 7.7 Inches (31st)
16 1993 January 8-9 10.4 Inches 9.5 Inches (9th)
17 1962 January 5 10.1 Inches 10.1 Inches (5th)
Official Recent Heavy Snowfalls in Kansas City (greater than 6 inches)
Year Date Snowfall Max Daily Total
2014 February 4-5
7.9 Inches
7.5 Inches (record for the 4th)
2013 February 25-27 11.0 Inches 8.4 Inches (record for the 26th)
2013 February 21-22 9.3 Inches 9.2 Inches (record for the 21st)
2011 February 24 6.2 Inches 6.2 Inches (record for the 24th)
2011 February 1 8.9 Inches 8.9 Inches (record for the 1st)
2011 January 9-10 7.5 Inches 7.2 Inches (record for the 10th)
2011 January 19-20 7.4 Inches 7.0 Inches (record for the 19th)
2010 March 19-21 8.8 Inches 7.3 Inches (record for the 20th)
2009 December 24-27 9.1 Inches 5.5 Inches
2005 December 7-8 8.3 Inches 7.3 Inches (record for the 7th)
2004 February 4-5 7.5 Inches 7.5 Inches (record for the 5th)
2000 December 13 7.0 Inches 7.0 Inches
1996 October 22 6.5 Inches 6.5 Inches
1993 February 24-25 11.1 Inches 10.5 Inches (25th)
1993 January 7-9 11.0 Inches 9.5 Inches (9th)
1990 March 23-24 9.2 Inches 8.7 Inches (23rd)
Top 10 Lowest Seasonal Snowfalls in Kansas City
Rank Snowfall Season
1 3.9 inches 2011-2012
2 4.5 inches 1922-1923
3 5.5 inches 1949-1950
4 6.9 inches 1988-1989, 1994-1995
6 7.2 inches 1933-1934
7 7.3 inches 1920-1921
8 8.0 inches 1950-1951
9 8.6 inches 2001-2002
10 9.4 inches 2002-2003
Top 10 Highest Seasonal Snowfalls in Kansas City
Rank Snowfall Season
1 67.0 inches 1911-1912
2 58.5 inches 1959-1960
3 54.7 inches 1961-1962
4 44.3 inches 2009-2010
5 42.4 inches 1925-1926
6 38.6 inches 1898-1899
7 37.3 inches 1914-1915
8 37.1 inches 1923-1924
9 36.9 inches 2010-2011
10 36.3 inches 1897-1998

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