It probably won't surprise West Michigan natives by stating that the 2018-19 winter has been lackluster in terms of snowfall, despite the recent precipitation.
Kalamazoo measured approximately 18 inches of snowfall from late fall of 2018 until Jan. 9.
Breaking 2018-19 down further, November represents the majority of the snow after an early season storm dumped 6-8 inches of snow the Monday after Thanksgiving. Several other light accumulations led to 14.1 inches total for the month. December brought a measly 1.7 inches for Kalamazoo.
Here’s how the 18 inches for the season compares to winters of recent memory. The numbers below represent cold season snowfall up until January 9:
- 2017-18: 32.01 inches
- 2016-17: 47.6 inches
- 2015-16: 15.25 inches
- 2014-15: 36.5 inches
The closest year was the winter of 2015-16, where things again started off rather slow November and December 2015. Through January 9 that season, Kalamazoo picked up 15.25 inches. The tables turned quickly though, and the rest of the cold season that year would dump an additional 51.5 inches in early 2016.
It is still in the air if Mother Nature will throw some big snow later in the season.