Though a few nasty storms blew into Pittsburgh over the past few months, this winter doesn’t leave us with mountains of snow crammed into Pittsburgh parking lots, and it certainly wasn’t the season of Snowmageddon.
So, now that it’s officially (finally) spring as of today, how much snow did we actually get this year?
It was average, according to Lee Hendricks, meteorologist/hydrologist at the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.
So far this year, Pittsburgh has collected 38.8 inches of snow, broken down like this:
- October: a trace
- November: 3.6 inches
- December: 2 inches
- January: 12.9 inches
- February: 12.9 inches
- March (so far): 7.4 inches
That’s just about on par — “normal annual snowfall is about 40.3 inches,” Hendricks said.
But this year, the snow didn’t pile up as it has in years past. Take January, for example. Hendricks said snowfall on the 13th of that month stuck around just until the 24th. Snowfall on the 25th was gone by the 28th, and snow on the 29th disappeared by the 31st.
“It seemed like for so much of our winter thus far, we were just in a pattern where every three or four days we had another weather system hitting us,” he said. “And right before those systems hit, we had a warm-up — it was enough to melt the snow we had.”
Back in the winter of 2013-2014, when 63.4 inches of snow blanketed Pittsburgh, it was a different story. Snow stayed on the ground for “absurd amounts” of time, Hendricks said. The massive snowstorm predicted in mid-January of this year turned out to be mostly a dud.
“(This year), we didn’t have the city trying to figure out where to put the snow,” he said.
But winter weather isn’t quite in the rearview mirror yet. Will we get more snow?
“Unfortunately,” Hendricks said.
This Thursday, look for a 40 percent chance of rain that will change to snow after midnight and linger into Friday, though very little accumulation is expected. Or, as Hendricks put it, “basically enough to irritate you.”
And yes, April snow showers are a possibility. But, at long last, spring is really here.
“We can see sunlight through the trees now,” Hendricks said.