With the first real talk of snow for the winter 2018-2019 season coming in recent days, we've still got months to go before we'll be able to compare this winter to past winters.

But as we wait for the first accumulating snowfall of the new year, we can look back and see what the past winters were like for South Jersey.

With thanks to the deep archives of The National Weather Service, we can take a look at the snow totals for the last 38 winter seasons measured at the at Atlantic City station (the closest official weather station to Ocean County).

4 of the 5 snowiest winters since the 1979 - 1980 season have come since the turn of the Millennium:

  1. 2009 - 2010 - 58.1"
  2. 1995 - 1996 - 46.4"
  3. 2013 - 2014 - 43.8"
  4. 2002 - 2003 - 42.3"
  5. 2010 - 2011 - 38.0"

By comparison, the least snowy winters were pretty spread out between the 80s, 90s, and beginning of the 2000s:

  1. 1994 - 1995 - 0.8"
  2. 2001 - 2002 - 2.6"
  3. 1997 - 1998 - 3.0"
  4. 1991 - 1992 - 3.2"
  5. 1980 - 1981 - 3.3"

With 70 days still left in winter 2018 - 2019 (and of course the occasional early-spring snowstorm possible, too), it's still anybody's guess on where this season will measure up.

In the meantime, though, you can stay prepared by downloading the free WOBM app and having Ocean County Stormwatch just a tap away!

 

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