Paducah Snowfall History (1948-Present)


Historical Snowfalls at Paducah

  • Greatest single day snowfall: 14.0 inches on December 22, 2004

  • Greatest 2-day snowfall: 14.2 inches on Dec. 22-23, 2004

  • Previous record: 12.2 inches on Jan. 16-17, 1978
     

  • Single-day snowfalls of 8 inches or greater: Only 4 have been recorded at Paducah on a single calendar day:

December 22, 2004: 14.0 inches

 February 15, 1993... 7.9 inches

January 16, 1978... 11.0 inches

March 6, 1967... 8.0 inches

  • Interesting note: During 3 of 4 winters with an 8-inch or greater snowfall, there was another snowfall of 6 inches or more.

February 26, 1993... 7.3 inches

Late Jan., 1978... 6.0 inches

February 16, 1967... 6.0 inches

  • Snowfalls of 5 inches or greater: There have only been about a dozen snowstorms in Paducah records that produced at least 5 inches on a single calendar day. This list is preliminary and unofficial.

1994: Jan. 16-17... 2.0 + 5.4 = 7.4 inches

1984: Dec. 5... 7.1 inches

1984: Feb. 27-28... 3.2 + 5.0 = 8.2 inches

1979: Feb. 6-8... 1.0 + 5.0 + 2.0 = 8.0 inches

1975: March 9... 5.0 inches

1970: March 16-17... 2.0 + 5.0 = 7.0 inches

1965: Feb. 24-25... 6.0 + 1.0 = 7.0 inches

There appears to be a "snow drought" from the time records began in 1949 until about 1965. During this time, no 5-inch or greater snowfalls were detected. There were multiple drought years in the 1950's, with little rain or snowfall.

** The Paducah snowfall records are NOT representative of the entire region, especially southern Illinois and southeast Missouri.

 


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