Greatest, latest spring snows in Philadelphia

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On April 7, 2003, a flag sticks through the snow that fall at Philadelphia Cricket Club golf course on Valley Green Road in Whitemarsh. (Photo by Hinda Schuman / Staff Photographer)

Getting snow after the start of spring may seem, well, unnatural, but it's happened many times before in the Philadelphia area. Even well into April. Here are two lists based on data from the National Weather Service.

Latest Dates for Spring Snow in Philadelphia

Latest calendar date with a foot or more of snow: April 3, 1915.
Latest date with 6 inches or more: April 9, 1917, 7 inches.
Latest date with 2 inches or more: April 9, 1917, 7 inches.
Latest date with one inch or more: April 19, 1983, 1.3 inches.
Latest date with half-inch or more: April 20 , 1983, 0.6 inch.
Latest date with measurable snow: April 27, 1967, 0.1 inches.
Latest date with a trace of snow: May 8, 1947.

25 Biggest Spring Snowfalls in Philadelphia

19 inches, April 3, 1915
9.6 inches, March 20, 1958
7 inches, April 9, 1917
6.6 inches, April 1, 1924
4.7 inches, March 21, 1932
4.1 inches, April 8, 1916
3.5 inches, April 6, 1982
3 inches, March 22, 1914
3 inches, April 2, 1965
3 inches, April 5, 1898
2.8 inches, March 23, 1896
2.5 inches, March 31, 1890
2.4 inches, April 7, 1990
2.2 inches, March 24, 1990
1.9 inches, March 29, 1942
1.8 inches, April 7, 2003
1.8 inches, April 14, 1923
1.7 inches, March 25, 1965
1.3 inches, April 19, 1983
1.1 inches, April 13, 1940
1 inch, March 27, 1891
1 inch, April 4, 1886
1 inch, April 11, 1918
1 inch, April 12, 1928
0.8 inches, March 26, 2001

Note: These snowfalls were compiled from records for each date. Some snowfalls may have been overlooked because they fell short of the mark for the date. A second entry for April 7, 2003, was found while discovering the accompanying photograph.

19 inches, April 3, 1915
9.6 inches, March 20, 1958
7 inches, April 9, 1917
6.6 inches, April 1, 1924
4.7 inches, March 21, 1932
4.1 inches, April 8, 1916
3.5 inches, April 6, 1982
3 inches, March 22, 1914
3 inches, April 2, 1965
3 inches, April 5, 1898
2.8 inches, March 23, 1896
2.5 inches, March 31, 1890
2.4 inches, April 7, 1990
2.2 inches, March 24, 1990
1.9 inches, March 29, 1942
1.8 inches, April 14, 1923
1.7 inches, March 25, 1965
1.3 inches, April 19, 1983
1.1 inches, April 13, 1940
1 inches, March 27, 1891
1 inches, April 4, 1886
1 inches, April 11, 1918
1 inches, April 12, 1928
0.8 inches, March 26, 2001
0.7 inches, April 10, 1894
0.6 inches, March 30, 1942
0.6 inches, April 20, 1983
0.5 inches, April 16, 1888
0.3 inches, April 15, 1892
0.1 inches, April 27, 1967

19 inches, April 3, 1915

9.6 inches, March 20, 1958

7 inches, April 9, 1917

6.6 inches, April 1, 1924

4.7 inches, March 21, 1932

4.1 inches, April 8, 1916

3.5 inches, April 6, 1982

3 inches, March 22, 1914

3 inches, April 2, 1965

3 inches, April 5, 1898

2.8 inches, March 23, 1896

2.5 inches, March 31, 1890

2.4 inches, April 7, 1990

2.2 inches, March 24, 1990

1.9 inches, March 29, 1942

1.8 inches, April 14, 1923

1.7 inches, March 25, 1965

1.3 inches, April 19, 1983

1.1 inches, April 13, 1940

1 inches, March 27, 1891

1 inches, April 4, 1886

1 inches, April 11, 1918

1 inches, April 12, 1928

0.8 inches, March 26, 2001

0.7 inches, April 10, 1894

0.6 inches, March 30, 1942

0.6 inches, April 20, 1983

0.5 inches, April 16, 1888

0.3 inches, April 15, 1892

0.1 inches, April 27, 1967

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