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Top 5 Snowiest Decembers in Evansville

A look back at some of the snowiest Decembers in the River City.

Posted: Dec 14, 2020 4:00 PM
Updated: Dec 14, 2020 4:05 PM

The harshness of winter can be unbearable for many. Cold afternoons, frigid nights along with brisk winds are just a few weather conditions we mostly experience to usher in the winter season. We also usually see our first measurable snowfall in the month of December. In final month of the year Evansville averages 3.2" of snow. Also, 2.7 days out of the 31 are the average days out of the month we could see the flakes fly.

Although the enchanted scene of a coating of snow to accompany Christmas decorations in the area are seldom. The River City has experienced some blockbuster snowstorms in the recent past in December. Here is a look back at the top 5 snowfalls for this month.

5. December 22-23 1963

This pre-Christmas Eve storm is most notable for dumping over a foot of heavy snow as far south as Little Rock, AR. A few hours up the road in Evansville that same storm dumped 7.2" of snowfall. Many locations around the area received 4-7". In addition to the heavy snow temperatures plummet deeply into the sub-zeros the following days.

4. December 18-20 1973

This storm is historically valued for bringing blizzard conditions to northern Indiana. Places like Kokomo got slammed with 19" of snow. All the while, that same storm swept through the entirety of Hoosier State and Evansville collected a hefty 10.4".

3. December 26, 2012

The most-recent heavy snowmaker for the month happened just days away from the new year. Evansville recorded 7.7" of snow that day collected and additional 3" earlier in the month. Although the River City collected its share of snow, Gibson, Knox and Daviess counties experienced blizzard warnings. The community of Vincennes reported a foot of snow with snowfall rates of 2" per hour.

2. December 2000

The final month of the 20th century was quite a white one. Through the final 31 days of 2000. Evansvillians shoveled 11" snow from multiple storms.

1. December 22-23 2004

A historic 22.5" of snow was collected in the River City between the days of December 22 and 23. The snow came in two rounds giving many locations in the region over 20" of snow followed by extreme cold. The 2004 snowstorm is the most snow Evansville has ever received from a single-storm event. The 1978 Blizzard is second with 20" of snow.

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