First snow dates in Michiana: October snowfall not uncommon

NOW: First snow dates in Michiana: October snowfall not uncommon


No one wants to be the one who says the word "snow" for the first time each fall, but as we start a cool, rainy week, it's in the back of everyone's mind. Even though October is still part of autumn, it isn't uncommon to see snow this month.

Sunday morning, October 18, we were waking up to rain showers in Michiana, while many people in (not too far away) Iowa were waking up to snow on the ground!

RADAR Image from 10:16 AM on October 18, 2020

Haley Rhoades shared this photo from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. You can see snow on the deck, but you can also see trees still holding onto their leaves, making for an interesting mix of fall and winter colors.

Haley Rhoades

Now you might be wondering when it's our turn for snow. Recently, Octobers 2017, 2018, and 2019 each had snow! In 2015 and 2016, the first snowfall didn't happen until November.

Looking at data starting from 1893 helps paint a bigger picture. Since then, there have been 65 years with at least one October snowfall. This is more than half of our Octobers over the past 127 years. This proves why it really isn't that uncommon to have October snow.

Just because it is an early snowfall, it doesn't mean it will just be a few snowflakes. 33 of the 65 October snow years actually had measurable snow on the ground. This includes Halloween 2019, when Michiana had 0.2 inches of snow.

This week in Michiana it's looking cool and rainy. Even though snow in October isn't out of the question for us, for this week, all of our precipitation should fall as rain.

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