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Winter Weather

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Winter Graphic
Winter Graphic(WHSV)
Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 10:02 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2022 at 2:10 PM EST
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The first official day of winter is either on December 21 or 22nd every year. When it comes to Meteorological data, we classify winter as starting on December 1st. Winter data is calculated for December, January and February.

CURRENT AND PAST SEASON SNOWFALL AMOUNTS

Winter 2021-2022

CURRENT SNOW DATA AND SNOW DEPTH

The National Weather Service has a fantastic interactive website for looking at current snow cover, snow depth, and moisture content:

Mid-Atlantic Regional Snow Data

Snow data for the entire Mid-Atlantic

Snow data
Snow Data: Allegheny Front

Current, 2-week or seasonal snow data including moisture and snow depth.

Allegheny mountains
Snow Data: Virginia and West Virginia

Snow data for Virginia and West Virginia. Includes snow depth and moisture content

Mole Hill, Virginia

AVERAGE SNOWFALL

Average snowfall across the Shenandoah Valley ranged from about 20-25.”

Across the Potomac Highlands, it’s quite the range from about 20″ to 40″ depending on elevation.

For the Allegheny mountains, the snowfall can be extreme. Ranging anywhere from 80″-nearly 200″ of snow per season!

Winter Snowfall average
Winter Snowfall average(WHSV)

AVERAGE WINTER HIGH TEMPERATURES

Average winter high temperatures
Average winter high temperatures(WHSV)

BIGGEST SNOW YEARS

Take a look at the top snowiest seasons from across our area

Bayard, WVWoodstock, VALuray (SNP Ranger Station)Dale Enterprise (Harrisonburg)Staunton
2009-2010: 284″1960-1961: 65″1960-1961: 65″1917-1918: 72″2009-2010: 65″
1995-1996: 197″2009-2010: 65″1993-1994: 61″1898-1899: 60″1898-1899: 61″
2021-2013: 171″2002-2003: 60″1963-1964: 59″1961-1962: 59″1977-1978: 55″
2002-2003: 165″1963-1964: 60″1961-1962: 54″1925-1926: 57″1917-1918: 54″
2008-2009: 160″1898-1899: 56″1995-1996: 50″1995-1996: 56″1986-1987: 51″
DATA SINCE 1903DATA SINCE 1890DATA SINCE: 1941DATA SINCE 1893DATA SINCE 1893

LOWEST SNOW YEARS

Here are the lowest snow years on record across our area:

Bayard, WVWoodstock, VALuray (SNP Ranger Station)Dale Enterprise (Harrisonburg)Staunton
1937-1938: 29″1980-1981: 0.70″1991-1992: T2019-2020: 3.4″1980-1981: 1.3″
1924-1925: 36″1931-1932: 1.8″1980-1981: 1″2016-2017: 3.4″2016-2017: 2.8″
1931-1932: 38″1919-1920: 2.5″2010-2011: 2.3″1991-1992: 3.4″2019-2020: 3.1″
1972-1973: 40″1927-1928: 2.7″1975-1976: 2.3″1980-1981: 4.5″1991-1992: 3.5″
1936-1937: 41″1937-1938: 3.2″2001-2002: 3.5″1972-1973: 6″1948-1949: 3.5″
DATA SINCE 1903DATA SINCE 1890DATA SINCE: 1941DATA SINCE 1893DATA SINCE 1893

Winter Drought Outlook

Drought outlook for the current season
US Seasonal Drought Outlook

A look at where potential drought conditions either persist or worsen

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