Though cold and threats of snow lingered into spring, the winter season ended with about 15 inches of snow in Baltimore, slightly below average and the second-lightest seasonal snowfall in five years.
It was five times more snow than the 3 inches that fell in the winter of 2016-2017, but well below the three previous winters. Baltimore got at least 28 inches of snow during each of those seasons.
During a typical winter, Baltimore gets about 18-20 inches of snowfall.
For the first time since 2013, Baltimore got its heaviest snowfall of the year in March, which is technically part of meteorological spring. At Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, 6.7 inches of snow fell last month.
Since December, temperatures have been running below normal — except for repeated surges of warmth in February. The average temperature at BWI for December, January and March was a combined 5.5 degrees below normal, but the February warmth offset that, at 6 degrees above normal.
The cold returned in March, which was Baltimore’s coldest since 2015, and April is running 1.5 degrees below normal through Tuesday.