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Overall, statistically, February is the snowiest month of the year.  In recent years there appears to have been little snow in February compared to prior to 1988.  The Febraurys of 1940, 1941, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1985, and 1986 all appear to have produced more significant snow events than any February since 1988 has, apart from 1991, and possibly 1994, 1996, 2009 and 2010.  The Februarys of 1948, 1951, 1957, 1965, 1966, 1973, and 1981 also appeared to have produced events that would rival the best February snow events in the post 1988 era, apart from 1991, 1994, 1996, 2009 and 2010.

 

I may have missed a few of the years since World War 2, but if so, it underlines the decline even more sharply.

 

It certainly seems that another February is likely to go by devoid of snow for most parts of the country, and even last Feb, 2013, although a generally cold month, didn't bring much in the way of widespread snowfall, and any snow cover was mostly restricted to higher levels.

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You missed 2007 feb had a foot of snow here not sure how low ground did on that,it didn`t last long.

2 inches last feb...won`t count that as low ground wouldn`t of got much.

Edit:yes 2007 did give heavy snow low ground 8 inches around here.

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The last proper feb wintry spell was in 2009 here. Very little feb snowfall here since then.

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Think we are all missing the locale aspect, last Feb here for example was a long drawn out cold one with plenty of snow down that took ages to shift

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You made the same thread regarding January. Months in general are less snowy.

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last decent snow in Feb here was 4th in 2012, last year I had a wet covering on 11th, this year a wet covering on 11th, both thawed within 1 hour

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Hasn't been any decent snow in February here since 2010. The last three were dire and this is even worse and looking like the first since 2000 to have no lying snow at all. A worse run than any in the 1990s. In fact even February 1998 was snowier than any of the last four which has been the most snowless run since the 1920s.

 

The period from 1907 to 1928 was extraordinarily snowless for February, with not one snowy month, and the post-1988 period has been nowhere near as bad. 1991, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010 were all decently snowy February's and most of the others managed at least something. Unlike January very few have had no lying snow.

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My impression is that taking long-term averages over the country as a whole, January is the snowiest month of the year, with February a close second, although February surpasses January in some coastal areas, particularly in the south-west. 

 

I don't think we've had a February spell to rival those of Decembers 2009/2010, January 2010 or March 2013 for their combination of cold and snow.  Februarys 2009 and 2010 both had quite prolonged snowy spells but temperatures tended not to drop far below average and daytime thaws were commonplace, while February 2012 had persistently cold weather in southern Britain in the first half, but only two significant snow events.  Note, though, that some low-lying parts of the country had 10-15 days of lying snow in the cases of 2009 and 2012 in spite of the lack of intense cold and/or frequent snow.

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February 2012 had a week of snow here, 6 inches in fact, and a low of -13C. The month as a whole ended up a bit milder than average though, and we reached 16C in the latter half of the month.

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My impression is that taking long-term averages over the country as a whole, January is the snowiest month of the year, with February a close second, although February surpasses January in some coastal areas, particularly in the south-west. 

 

I don't think we've had a February spell to rival those of Decembers 2009/2010, January 2010 or March 2013 for their combination of cold and snow.  Februarys 2009 and 2010 both had quite prolonged snowy spells but temperatures tended not to drop far below average and daytime thaws were commonplace, while February 2012 had persistently cold weather in southern Britain in the first half, but only two significant snow events.  Note, though, that some low-lying parts of the country had 10-15 days of lying snow in the cases of 2009 and 2012 in spite of the lack of intense cold and/or frequent snow.

To find a combination of cold and snow in February on a widespread scale to rival Dec 2009 / 2010, Jan 2010 etc I would think that you possibly have to go back to 1996 or possibly 1991.

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