Winter in review: The 2010-2011 season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The past two winters have produced near record breaking amounts of snow with 80 inches falling at KCI Airport (44 inches two winters ago, and 36 inches last winter).

Kansas City has never had three winters in a row with 30 inches or more, so it will be interesting to see what happens this winter.

Let's take a look back at the past 2010-2011 winter season.

It started out rather dry, but it was getting cold in December. Our first snow happened on the back side of a major Great Lakes and upper Midwest winter storm. This storm collapsed the top of the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

It was close to midnight on December 11, 2010 when our first inch of snow fell here in Kansas City. But, it quieted down through the first of the year and we moved into the second week of January with only 2.9 inches of snow.

Our low snowfall forecast for the winter of just 13 inches was looking pretty good, but something happened during that second week of January.

A series of storm systems began narrowing in on Kansas City and our viewing area and 5 to 8 inches of snow fell between January 8 and 10. It was followed up around 10 days later with 7 to 11 inches of snow on January 19.

After a few minor snow events February came in with a near record breaking snowstorm on February 1, 2011. Ten to 14 inches of snow fell in Kansas City with blizzard conditions. We had a blizzard warning that day. This was a high-impacting storm, not just in Kansas City, but through many major cities through the Great Lakes to the east coast.

Winter wasn't over yet! This major storm was followed up, about a week later, with a 1-to-5 inch snowstorm from February 8 to 9.

Two weeks later there was another major winter storm that produced 1 to 7 inches of snow on February 24, most concentrated on the north side of Kansas City.

It was a rather wild and crazy 47 days of snowstorms between January 8 and February 24. Winter's final blow came on March 13 and 14 when a wet 1 to 4 inches of snow accumulated near Kansas City, with the heaviest on the south side this time.

There was not even one ice storm of any significance last winter. Every time we had a storm it was almost always cold enough for snow, so let's hope we avoid an ice storm again this winter.

Kansas City averages 20 inches of snow each winter snow season.

So, will we come back to reality this winter or could it be our third 30-inch winter for the first time? We will let you know in our winter forecast coming up on Monday night, November 14, 2011 at 10 p.m. and on 

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