The Tennessee Valley has seen a few snow events this season and each delivered a few inches of snow. Not surprisingly, we are above average snowfall for the season. For climate record keeping purposes, we use the months of December, January and February as winter and we use March, April and May for spring.
Since we average 0.5 inches of snow for the whole month of March, I thought we’d include that in the average, knowing that spring officially begins March 20th. For the months of December through March, the average snowfall is 2.4 inches for Huntsville. The city saw 5.2 inches of snowfall, which is above average.
While it’s not uncommon to see snow in the Tennessee Valley in April, the last measurable snowfall recorded in Huntsville was on March 20, 1996, when the city recorded 0.10 inches of snowfall. The measurable is defined by something other than a trace. The last measurable snowfall at Muscle Shoals was March 13, 1993 with two inches.
Since we are talking about snow, let’s talk about the cold. The forecast could be warmer this week, but frosts can occur until May around here.
Keep an eye on the forecast and if you see the temperature approaching freezing, be sure to wrap your sensitive spring plants and flowers!
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