How rare is snow in Spring?

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Snow chances in this weekend's forecast is raising a lot of questions from viewers. Some ask, how unusual is it to get snow in early Spring and when's the latest Lexington has ever seen snow.

It's not all that unusual to have snow even as we officially turn the page to Spring. On average our snow season runs from November to April with amounts totaling about 13 inches. During the month of March, Lexington averages 2.3" of snow. This March we've already had 2.5". But that's nothing compared to the March of 1960 when 17.7" fell. That came along with bitterly cold temps as lows dipped to two degrees below zero on March 6th. After all of that snow and cold, the month ended with 70 degree temps just three days after being in the teens.

More recently you may remember freezing start to Spring meet at Keeneland. During the March 2007, Lexington had a warm spell of highs in the 70s and 80s. Then a strong cold front blasted temperatures in the 20s and light snow in the area for Easter weekend.

On April 1st, 1961 nearly 3" of snow fell. Normally the snow chances end by about April 9th. But there has been snow as late as May 24th. That was in 1925 when a trace was measured.

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