Seasonal Weather- Winter




Data available 1878-1879 to 2016-2017 winters.

**Last Updated 11/19/2017.

Winter (DJF) Normals
Average High: 39.1
Average Low: 24.8
Mean: 32.0
Average Precipitation: 7.95″
Average Snowfall: 20.3″

Top 25 Coldest Winter High Means
1. 1976-1977: 29.2
2. 1977-1978: 29.3
3. 1917-1918: 30.9
4. 1935-1936: 32.0
5. 1962-1963: 32.2
6. 1903-1904: 32.5
7. 1880-1881: 32.6
8. 1978-1979: 32.7
9. 1892-1893: 32.8
10. 1904-1905, 1919-1920: 32.9
11. 1969-1970: 33.2
12. 1894-1895: 33.4
13. 1884-1885, 2002-2003: 33.5
14. 1878-1879, 1911-1912: 33.8
15. 1909-1910: 34.1
16. 1901-1902, 2009-2010, 2010-2011: 34.2
17. 1963-1964: 34.6
18. 1898-1899, 1944-1945: 34.7
19. 2014-2015: 34.8
20. 1981-1982: 34.9
21. 1939-1940: 35.0
22. 1885-1886, 1961-1962: 35.5
23. 1983-1984: 35.6
24. 1900-1901, 1993-1994: 35.7
25. 2013-2014: 35.9

Top 25 Warmest Winter High Means
1. 1889-1890: 48.8
2. 1931-1932: 47.5
3. 1879-1880: 46.8
4. 1881-1882: 45.1
5. 1949-1950: 44.9
6. 2016-2017: 44.7
7. 1948-1949, 2001-2002: 44.6
8. 2015-2016: 44.0
9. 2011-2012: 43.9
10. 1997-1998: 43.8
11. 1998-1999: 43.6
12. 1953-1954: 43.5
13. 1936-1937, 1952-1953: 43.3
14. 1918-1919, 1991-1992: 42.7
15. 1932-1933: 42.6
16. 1982-1983: 42.3
17. 1938-1939, 1990-1991: 42.2
18. 1908-1909, 1956-1957: 42.0
19. 1951-1952: 41.9
20. 1996-1997: 41.8
21. 2005-2006: 41.5
22. 1929-1930, 2012-2013: 41.2
23. 1912-1913: 41.0
24. 1905-1906, 1999-2000: 40.9
25. 1988-1989: 40.7

Top 12 Warmest Winter Highs
1. 2/24/2017: 78
2. 12/3/1982: 76
3. 2/26/2000: 75
4. 1/25/1950, 2/11/1999, 2/25/2000: 74
5. 2/25/1957, 12/6/1998: 73
6. 2/16/1883, 1/21/1906, 2/8/1937, 2/24/1961, 12/10/1971, 12/2/1982, 2/23/2017: 72
7. 1/22/1906, 2/27/1996, 2/21/1997: 71
8. 2/22/1930, 1/14/1932, 2/11/1932, 2/19/1939, 2/26/1944, 1/26/1950, 2/15/1954, 12/6/1956, 2/29/1976, 1/22/1999, 12/5/2001, 2/29/2012: 70
9. 2/8/1925, 2/21/1930, 2/25/1930, 2/10/1932, 12/8/1966, 2/12/1984, 2/19/1994, 12/7/1998, 1/13/2005, 12/21/2013, 12/26/2016, 2/21/2017: 69
10. 2/20/1891, 1/20/1906, 1/27/1916, 2/14/1918, 2/22/1922, 2/13/1938, 2/15/1945, 1/6/1946, 12/31/1951, 1/23/1967, 2/29/1972, 12/4/1982, 12/28/1984, 1/18/1996, 2/12/1999, 1/7/2008, 1/8/2008, 12/27/2008, 12/22/2013, 12/12/2015, 2/20/2016: 68
11. 12/29/1889, 1/13/1890, 1/19/1907, 12/5/1909, 2/17/1911, 1/12/1916, 2/15/1921, 1/18/1929, 2/20/1930, 1/22/1933, 2/14/1950, 1/1/1952, 2/24/1957, 1/25/1967, 12/1/1970, 2/21/1983, 12/17/1984, 2/22/1990, 1/13/1995, 1/4/1997, 12/7/2004, 1/29/2013, 1/12/2017: 67
12. 1/22/1887, 12/24/1889, 1/11/1890, 2/4/1890, 1/12/1898, 2/11/1898, 2/8/1900, 2/23/1906, 1/24/1909, 1/28/1914, 2/26/1917, 2/16/1927, 2/19/1930, 12/11/1931, 1/8/1937, 2/21/1937, 1/4/1950, 1/24/1950, 12/9/1952, 2/16/1954, 12/27/1959, 2/22/1983, 2/23/1985, 2/1/1989, 2/13/1990, 1/14/1995, 2/24/2000, 2/9/2001, 1/31/2002, 12/11/2007, 2/11/2009, 1/12/2013, 12/27/2015, 2/18/2017: 66

Top 12 Coldest Winter Highs
1. 2/9/1899: -7
2. 1/20/1985: -5
3. 1/3/1879, 1/10/1982: -4
4. 1/15/1893: -3
5. 2/8/1895, 1/17/1977: -2
6. 1/6/1884, 2/10/1899, 1/8/1970, 1/19/1994: -1
7. 1/5/1884, 1/12/1895, 1/17/1982, 1/21/1984, 1/18/1994: 0
8. 12/29/1880, 12/25/1983: 1
9. 12/30/1880, 1/10/1886, 2/11/1899, 1/19/1940, 1/10/1962, 1/15/1994: 2
10. 2/7/1895, 1/25/1897, 1/24/1963, 1/18/1977: 3
11. 1/4/1879, 1/11/1886, 2/12/1899, 2/4/1912, 12/9/1917, 12/10/1917, 1/21/1924, 1/23/1936, 2/2/1951, 12/24/1983, 12/22/1989, 1/16/2009: 4
12. 2/6/1895, 1/5/1912, 1/30/1966: 5

Top 12 Warmest Winter Lows
1. 12/6/1998: 62
2. 12/3/1982: 61
3. 12/8/1966, 12/4/1982, 2/24/2017: 59
4. 1/25/1950: 58
5. 1/12/1890, 2/17/1891, 12/24/1964, 1/23/1967, 1/4/1997, 1/7/2008, 12/21/2013: 57
6. 1/21/1906, 1/7/1907, 12/13/1929, 1/24/1967, 2/21/1997, 12/12/2015: 56
7. 2/28/1880, 12/25/1889, 1/11/1890, 2/4/1890, 2/25/1930, 12/30/1936, 12/25/1982, 1/3/1997, 1/6/1998, 1/12/2005, 1/8/2008, 12/3/2012, 12/13/2015: 55
8. 1/5/1880, 2/25/1890, 12/4/1916, 12/13/1927, 1/8/1937, 1/6/1946, 1/24/1950, 12/7/1951, 1/8/1965, 12/7/1966, 1/14/1995, 2/26/2000, 12/5/2001, 2/5/2008, 2/22/2017: 54
9. 12/15/1891, 1/23/1909, 12/1/1914, 1/27/1916, 12/21/1923, 1/7/1930, 2/10/1932, 1/3/1950, 2/15/1954, 12/2/1982, 12/28/1984, 1/4/1993: 53
10. 1/4/1880, 12/20/1895, 12/25/1895, 2/11/1932, 12/26/1940, 12/27/1940, 12/6/1956, 2/25/1957, 2/18/1961, 12/31/1965, 12/4/1973, 12/7/1980, 12/1/1982, 12/8/1991, 12/4/1998, 12/5/1998, 1/3/2000, 1/29/2002, 1/5/2007, 12/2/2012, 2/23/2017: 52
11. 1/8/1880, 2/15/1883, 2/16/1883, 12/10/1897, 12/2/1914, 1/30/1916, 12/13/1920, 2/22/1930, 2/23/1930, 1/13/1932, 12/24/1932, 12/23/1941, 12/9/1952, 12/19/1957, 2/1/1988, 12/5/1994, 1/13/1995, 1/5/1998, 12/5/1999, 12/17/2006, 12/23/2015: 51
12. 2/25/1880, 2/7/1887, 12/17/1889, 12/19/1895, 12/11/1899, 1/22/1906, 12/14/1906, 12/10/1911, 12/5/1912, 1/17/1913, 12/1/1913, 12/8/1918, 12/9/1918, 2/22/1922, 2/24/1930, 1/22/1933, 1/9/1935, 12/27/1936, 1/13/1938, 12/21/1949, 1/19/1951, 12/21/1956, 12/27/1959, 12/5/1982, 12/29/1984, 12/4/1994, 12/6/1994, 12/3/1998, 2/24/2000, 12/13/2001, 12/31/2004, 1/3/2005, 12/16/2012: 50

Top 12 Coldest Winter Lows
1. 1/19/1994: -22
2. 1/3/1879, 1/6/1884, 2/10/1899: -20
3. 1/17/1977, 1/20/1985: -19
4. 2/9/1899, 12/22/1989, 1/18/1994: -17
5. 1/5/1884, 1/22/1936, 1/17/1982, 1/21/1984, 1/21/1985: -16
6. 1/25/1884, 1/23/1936, 1/24/1963, 1/28/1963, 1/21/1994: -15
7. 12/27/1950, 12/16/1951, 1/23/1963, 1/14/1964, 1/13/1977, 12/23/1989: -14
8. 1/2/1879, 2/13/1899, 1/12/1918, 1/28/1948, 2/2/1951, 1/25/1961, 1/29/1963, 1/16/1977, 2/8/1977: -13
9. 12/30/1880, 1/15/1893, 1/25/1948, 1/16/1972, 12/24/1983, 12/25/1983, 12/17/1989: -12
10. 2/11/1885, 1/11/1886, 1/19/1940, 2/27/1963, 1/17/1965, 2/6/1977, 1/10/1982, 1/16/1982, 12/24/1989, 1/17/2009, 1/28/2014, 2/24/2015: -11
11. 1/4/1879, 12/29/1880, 2/10/1885, 1/25/1897, 1/20/1918, 2/5/1918, 2/9/1948, 12/28/1950, 2/3/1951, 12/17/1951, 2/26/1963, 12/20/1963, 2/3/1985, 12/21/1989, 1/16/2009: -10
12. 2/20/1885, 1/10/1886, 1/26/1897, 12/11/1917, 1/24/1936, 1/26/1948, 1/10/1962, 1/24/1966, 1/8/1968, 1/15/1972, 1/29/1977, 2/4/1985, 1/20/1994, 1/29/2014: -9

Top 25 Winters with the Most 32 or Below Highs
1. 1977-1978: 67
2. 1976-1977: 65
3. 1903-1904: 55
4. 1880-1881: 54
5. 1917-1918: 52
6. 1892-1893, 2010-2011: 49
7. 1884-1885, 1904-1905, 1969-1970: 48
8. 1898-1899, 1911-1912, 1978-1979: 47
9. 1995-1996, 2002-2003: 46
10. 1962-1963: 45
11. 1935-1936, 1979-1980: 44
12. 1909-1910, 1919-1920, 1959-1960, 2014-2015: 43
13. 1950-1951, 1967-1968: 42
14. 1970-1971, 1981-1982, 2013-2014: 41
15. 1878-1879, 1887-1888, 1894-1895, 1901-1902, 1963-1964, 1983-1984, 1984-1985: 40
16. 1900-1901, 1925-1926, 1939-1940, 1961-1962, 2000-2001: 39
17. 1958-1959: 38
18. 1885-1886, 1916-1917, 1944-1945, 1985-1986, 2008-2009: 37
19. 1891-1892, 1947-1948, 2009-2010: 36
20. 1883-1884, 1893-1894: 35
21. 1890-1891, 1899-1900, 1915-1916, 1929-1930, 1933-1934, 1960-1961, 1964-1965, 1965-1966, 1968-1969, 1993-1994: 34
22. 1895-1896, 1910-1911, 1946-1947: 33
23. 1902-1903, 1927-1928, 1973-1974, 2003-2004, 2006-2007: 32
24. 1926-1927, 1942-1943, 1975-1976: 31
25. 1886-1887, 1914-1915, 1922-1923, 1966-1967, 1980-1981: 30

Top 25 Winters with the Most 32 or Below Lows

Top 25 Warmest Winter Months (December-February)- Coming Soon

Top 25 Coldest Winter Months (December-February)- Coming Soon




Precipitation

Non-snow precipitation records coming soon.

Top 25 Snowiest 1-Day Periods
1. 3/8/2008: 15.5″
2. 4/4/1987: 12.3″
3. 1/6/1910: 11.9″
4. 2/15/2010: 9.7″
5. 3/19/1906: 9.6″
6. 2/5/2010: 9.0″
7. 2/8/1971, 2/16/2003: 8.9″
8. 1/7/1996: 8.8″
9. 3/5/1962: 8.6″
10. 1/8/1884: 8.5″
11. 2/16/1910: 8.2″
12. 12/3/1957: 7.9|
13. 11/25/1950: 7.5″
14. 2/28/1984, 3/9/1999: 7.2″
15. 2/4/2014: 7.1″
16. 12/25/1890: 7.0″
17. 2/17/1910, 1/20/1978, 2/21/2015: 6.8″
18. 2/4/1948, 3/16/1956, 1/15/1965: 6.7″
19. 3/11/1906, 2/12/1979, 1/17/1994: 6.6″
20. 12/20/1960: 6.5″
21. 2/27/1967, 1/2/1999: 6.4″
22. 1/11/1893, 4/12/1973, 1/17/1978: 6.3″
23. 11/28/1958: 6.2″
24. 4/6/1886, 2/12/1910: 6.1″
25. 12/22/1916, 1/13/1917, 12/1/1952, 11/17/1980: 6.0″

Top 25 Snowiest 2-Day Periods
1. 3/7-3/8/2008: 20.5″
2. 3/8-3/9/2008: 15.5″
3. 2/16-2/17/1910: 15.0″
4. 1/6-1/7/1910: 12.7″
5. 4/4-4/5/1987: 12.5″
6. 4/3-4/4/1987: 12.4″
7. 2/15-2/16/2003: 12.0″
8. 2/16-2/17/2003: 10.8″
9. 2/11-2/12/1910, 2/4-2/5/2014: 10.6″
10. 2/15-2/16/2010: 10.4″
11. 3/19-3/20/1906, 1/13-1/14/1917: 10.0″
12. 2/7-2/8/1971, 1/16-1/17/1978, 2/5-2/6/2010: 9.9″
13. 1/6-1/7/1996: 9.8″
14. 2/14-2/15/2010: 9.7″
15. 3/18-3/19/1906: 9.6″
16. 2/27-2/28/1984: 9.5″
17. 11/25-11/26/1950: 9.4″
18. 2/13-2/14/1914: 9.3″
19. 4/5-4/6/1886, 2/4-2/5/2010: 9.0″
20. 2/8-2/9/1971: 8.9″
21. 1/7-1/8/1996: 8.8″
22. 11/24-11/25/1950, 12/20-12/21/1960: 8.7″
23. 3/4-3/5/1962: 8.6″
24. 1/14-1/15/1918: 8.5″
25. 2/25-2/26/1934: 8.4″

Top 25 Snowiest 7-Day Periods (Dates are Day Week Ended)
1. 2/17/1910: 25.6″
2. 2/18/1910: 21.4″
3. 3/8/2008, 3/9/2008, 3/10/2008, 3/11/2008: 21.2″
4. 3/12/2008, 3/13/2008: 20.5″
5. 1/20/1978: 19.0″
6. 2/16/1910: 18.8″
7. 4/5/1987: 18.3″
8. 4/4/1987: 18.1″
9. 1/21/1978, 1/22/1978: 17.8″
10. 2/19/2003, 2/20/2003: 17.5″
11. 2/16/2003: 17.0″
12. 4/7/1886, 4/8/1886: 16.9″
13. 4/6/1987, 2/17/2003: 16.6″
14. 1/7/1996, 1/8/1996: 16.4″
15. 1/9/1996, 1/12/1996: 16.1″
16. 1/8/1999, 2/18/2003, 2/21/2003: 15.9″
17. 4/6/1886, 2/22/1910: 15.7″
18. 3/14/2008: 15.5″
19. 1/16/1895: 15.4″
20. 2/19/1910, 2/20/1910, 2/21/1910: 15.3″
21. 11/29/1950: 15.2″
22. 1/13/1996, 2/10/2010, 2/11/2010: 15.1″
23. 3/19/1906, 11/28/1950, 1/10/1996, 2/15/2010: 14.9″
24. 4/9/1886, 1/12/1910, 1/11/1996, 2/9/2010: 14.3″
25. 1/23/1978: 14.2″

Top 25 Snowiest Months
1. January 1978: 34.4″
2. February 2010: 30.1″
3. February 1910: 29.2″
4. February 2003: 26.3″
5. January 1918: 25.4″
6. March 1906: 25.3″
7. January 1996: 24.5″
8. January 1910: 24.3″
9. January 1884: 23.7″
10. January 1985: 21.9″
11. March 2008: 21.8″
12. January 1999: 20.6″
13. January 2009: 20.0″
14. February 1914: 19.6″
15. January 1994: 19.5″
16. January 1895: 18.9″
17. January 1970: 18.4″
19. January 1977: 18.1″
20. January 1915: 17.8″
21. January 2014: 17.7″
22. January 1979: 17.3″
23. December 1880: 17.2″
24. April 1886: 16.9″
25. February 2014: 15.9″

Top 25 Snowiest Winter Seasons
1. 1909-1910: 67.8″
2. 1880-1881: 62.4″
3. 2013-2014: 56.4″
4. 1977-1978, 1995-1996: 54.1″
5. 2002-2003, 2009-2010: 50.6″
6. 1966-1967: 46.6″
7. 2007-2008: 45.3″
8. 1969-1970: 44.3″
9. 1917-1918: 43.9″
10. 1984-1985: 43.4″
11. 1883-1884: 42.7″
12. 1950-1951: 42.4″
13. 1960-1961: 42.2″
14. 2012-2013: 41.2″
15. 1998-1999: 40.5″
16. 1913-1914: 39.9″
17. 1978-1979: 37.9″
18. 1892-1893, 1916-1917, 1993-1994: 37.7″
19. 1910-1911, 1961-1962: 37.4″
20. 2004-2005: 37.3″
21. 1885-1886: 37.0″
22. 1905-1906: 36.8″
23. 1983-1984: 36.1″
24. 1935-1936: 35.6″
25. 1981-1982: 35.1″

*A winter season includes the period of September 1 to May 31st. No snow has been recorded outside of this period in Columbus.

Top 25 Least Snowiest Winter Seasons
1. 1918-1919: 3.2″
2. 1879-1880: 4.3″
3. 1941-1942: 4.9″
4. 1931-1932: 5.2″
5. 1949-1950: 6.5″
6. 1996-1997: 7.7″
7. 1934-1935: 7.8″
8. 1896-1897: 8.6″
9. 2016-2017: 9.3″
10. 1945-1946: 9.9″
11. 1997-1998: 10.0″
12. 2001-2002: 10.1″
13. 1927-1928: 10.2″
14. 1940-1941: 10.6″
15. 1897-1898: 10.7″
16. 1944-1945: 10.8″
17. 1982-1983: 11.5″
18. 1899-1900: 11.6″
19. 1930-1931, 2011-2012: 12.2″
20. 1923-1924: 12.3″
21. 1946-1947: 12.5″
22. 1937-1938: 12.7″
23. 2005-2006: 12.9″
24. 1926-1927, 1932-1933: 13.0″
25. 1943-1944: 13.6″

Top 25 Snowiest Years (January-December)
1. 1910: 65.1″
2. 1886: 49.6″
3. 2003: 49.4″
4. 2010: 49.0″
5. 1978: 47.5″
6. 1985, 1999: 43.8″
7. 2014: 43.1″
8. 2013: 42.9″
9. 1906: 42.7″
10. 1996: 42.6″
11. 1967: 41.5″
12. 1884: 40.9″
13. 2008: 40.4″
14. 1917: 39.6″
15. 1960: 39.1″
16. 2000: 38.4″
17. 1962, 1984: 38.1″
18. 1914: 37.9″
19. 1883: 37.3″
20. 1971: 36.7″
21. 1920: 36.6″
22. 1911: 36.4″
23. 1916, 2005: 35.5″
24. 1970, 1979: 35.1″
25. 1977, 1995: 34.9″

Top 25 Least Snowiest Years (January-December)
1. 1946: 3.9″
2. 2006: 5.2″
3. 1928: 7.3″
4. 1919: 7.8″
5. 1997: 8.0″
6. 1932: 8.9″
7. 1998: 9.0″
8. 1938: 10.4″
9. 1941: 10.5″
10. 1927: 11.1″
11. 1897, 1908: 11.5″
12. 1921, 1931: 11.7″
13. 1898: 12.0″
14. 1922, 1937: 12.1″
15. 1930, 1943, 2001: 13.3″
16. 1949: 13.8″
17. 1923: 14.0″
18. 1991: 14.1″
19. 1942: 14.6″
20. 1945: 14.7″
21. 1990: 14.8″
22. 1889, 1907: 15.2″
23. 1879: 15.3″
24. 1899: 15.4″
25. 1935: 15.7″

Top 10 Winters with the Most Snowfall Days- Coming Soon

Top 10 Winters with the most 1″+ Snowfall Days- Coming Soon

Top 10 Winters with the Most 2.5″+ Snowfall Days- Coming Soon

Top 10 Winters with the most 5″+ Snowfall Days- Coming Soon

Top 5 Greatest Snow Depths
1. 3/9/2008: 18.0″
2. 1/21/1978, 1/22/1978, 1/23/1978: 17.0″
3. 1/20/1978: 15.0″
4. 1/24/1978, 2/16/2010, 2/17/2010: 14.0″
5. 11/28/1950, 2/5/1977, 2/6/1977, 2/7/1977, 2/19/1979, 2/20/1979, 1/8/1999, 2/17/2003, 2/18/2010: 13.0″

*Snow Depth records only go back to 1948.

Top 10 Winters with the Most 1″+ Snow Depth Days
1. 1977-1978: 74
2. 1960-1961: 60
3. 1976-1977, 2013-2014: 56
4. 1984-1985: 52
5. 1978-1979, 2010-2011: 49
6. 1969-1970: 47
7. 1950-1951, 2009-2010: 46
8. 2014-2015: 45
9. 1962-1963: 44
10. 1958-1959: 43

Snowfall Totals By Season