KANSAS CITY, Missouri - It is going to snow in Kansas City this winter. It always does. The question is how much snow will fall?
Kansas City comparison
Kansas City is not Buffalo, NY, or Denver, CO, or Des Moines Iowa. These cities all average a lot more snow than we do. But, we aren’t Atlanta, GA:, Dallas, TX or Los Angeles, CA either. All of these cities average a lot less snow than Kansas City. Los Angeles averages zero snowfall.
We live in a place that is located far enough north to allow for snowfall every year. The lowest amount of snow ever recorded in a Kansas City winter was 4.5” back in the winter of 1921-1922. And, as much as 67 inches fell in the winter of 1911-1912, but over 40 of those inches fell in March that snow season.
Kansas City’s 100 year average
The Kansas City 100 year average is 20.1” of snow during a typical snow season which is from October to April. It has never snowed in September, but it has snowed in May in 1907, when almost two inches accumulated from an extremely rare weather set-up. The prime snowfall months are the winter months of December, January, and February, but some big snowstorms have come in March and even early April.
La Niña is growing stronger
We are in a La Niña this year, which is the cooling of the Pacific waters. The average snowfall in La Niña years is about 3 to 4 inches below our 100 year average. But, nearly 30 inches of snow fell during the La Niña year of 1964-65. So, it isn’t a sure thing that it will be a lower year, but it is more likely that a La Niña year will be below the 100 year average of 20.1”.
Last winter 44 inches of snow fell in twelve snowstorms, including the biggest one which produced nearly a foot of snow between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. Kansas City is likely going to experience a lot less snow than last year.
Watch Tuesday, Nov 16, at 10pm for Gary's wintersnowfall forecast.