Following our first big snowfall of the winter back in October, our region has only received scattered snowfall. So far this month, measurable snow has fallen on five calendar days, all of them less than one inch, which is typical. Using the standard three-decade period of 1981-2010, each winter had an average of 38 days of more than a trace of snow.

Calendar day records cover the period from midnight to midnight, so it is possible this analysis is missing the occasional snowfall that starts one day and ends the next.

Nevertheless, of those 38 days of snow, only 14 produce at least one inch. Just eight days a year have two inches or more. Four-inch snows have happened at an average rate of three per year. The big snows of six inches or more happen, on average, just once per winter.

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