The table below shows the snowfall in inches for Kansas City by year. The most recent winter was the snowiest on record for Kansas City.
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How Much Snow Has Fallen in Kansas City?
Kansas City averages 12.9 inches of snow per year. The US average is 26 inches of snow per year.
Kansas City has recorded measurable snowfall in 79 of the past 145 years, or 55% of the time. During that period, the greatest one-day snowfall was 15.0 inches (38 cm) on January 12, 2009, while the greatest one-month total was 30.5 inches (77 cm) in February 2010.
The Answer Depends on Where You Are
The answer to this question depends on where in Kansas City you are asking about. The city of Kansas City, Missouri, generally sees less snowfall than the city of Kansas City, Kansas.
According to the National Weather Service, the average snowfall in Kansas City, Missouri, is about 20 inches per year. However, some years see much more snow than this, such as in 2011 when the city saw nearly 50 inches of snowfall.
In Kansas City, Kansas, the average snowfall is slightly higher at around 22 inches per year. However, like in Missouri, there are some years that see significantly more snow than this. For example, in 2009 the city received over 40 inches of snowfall.
So, overall, it really depends on which part of Kansas City you are asking about and what year you are looking at. Generally speaking, though, Kansas City sees an average of 20-22 inches of snowfall per year.
The National Weather Service’s Snowfall Totals
The National Weather Service’s Snowfall Totals are updated every few hours, and show the amount of snow that has fallen since the previous update. The table below shows the total snowfall accumulation for each storm that has occurred in Kansas City since 2010.
2010-2011 Season: 19.4 inches
2011-2012 Season: 14.8 inches
2012-2013 Season: 8.0 inches
2013-2014 Season: 4.3 inches
2014-2015 Season: 11.5 inches
2015-2016 Season: 9.3 inches
2016-2017 Season: 5.3 inches
The Weather Channel’s Snowfall Totals
The Weather Channel’s snowfall totals for the Kansas City area as of Thursday morning.
Why the Totals Differ
One of the most frequently asked questions we get during winter weather is “How much snow has fallen in Kansas City?” The answer to that question isn’t as simple as it may seem.
There are many reasons why the totals can differ, even between two locations that are only a few miles apart. One reason is the way that snow is measured. One inch of fresh, new snowfall is very different from one inch of old, packed snow. Also, drifting and blowing snow can make it difficult to measure an accurate depth.
Another reason for discrepancies in the totals is because different agencies measure the snowfall in different ways. For example, the National Weather Service cooperative observers measure the amount of new snow that has accumulated since midnight, while our news crews measure the total accumulation for the entire day so far. The Missouri Highway Patrol measures from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and some school districts take their measurements at noon. So, when you see different totals reported by various agencies, now you know why.
How Much Snow Has Fallen in Your Neighborhood?
The amount of snow that has fallen in Kansas City varies greatly depending on the location. Some areas of the city have seen over a foot of snow, while other parts have only seen a few inches. The average snowfall for the city as a whole is around six inches.