Another Light Snow Falls; Snow Comparison Winter 2011/2012 vs. Winter 2010/2011

Most locations across eastern Kentucky picked up another light snowfall from Friday afternoon through Saturday night.  Much of the snow melted as it fell Friday afternoon and evening as temperatures stayed near freezing or slightly above.  That changed early Saturday morning as an arctic cold front passed through the region sending temperatures plummeting into the 20s. 

Snowfall amounts were less than 2" for most locations.  However, some spots over northeast Kentucky and in the higher terrain of far southeast Kentucky picked up in excess of 2" by the time the snow tapered off Saturday night.

Despite the recent snowfall, the winter of 2011/2012 is still running way behind what we received across eastern Kentucky last winter.  This time last year, NWS Jackson had already received over 35" of snowfall for the winter.  Only 6.6" has fallen so far this winter.

Snowfall Comparison between the Winter of 2010/2011 & Winter of 2011/2012 at NWS Jackson, KY
Snowfall for Winter of 2010/2011 at NWS Jackson, KY

Snowfall for Winter of 2011/2012 at NWS Jackson, KY

The snowfall over the past couple of days did bring us into 2nd place for the least snowiest winter of record at NWS Jackson.  Here's a listing of the 5 least snowiest winters since 1981 at NWS Jackson, KY:

Rank Value Winter Season
1 6.4" 1991/1992
2 6.6" 2011/2012
3 9.0" 1990/1991
4 9.3" 1996/1997
5 9.8" 1988/1989

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