Indianapolis snowfall breaks top 10 snowiest Decembers

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As snow plows work nonstop through another snowfall in Central Indiana, the area is already on pace to record above-average snowfall this winter.

The Indianapolis area recorded more than 14 inches of snowfall in December. That makes it one of the top 10 snowiest Decembers on record.

Last year, Indianapolis recorded less than 10 inches of snowfall over the entire winter. An average winter in Central Indiana typically means around 25 inches of snow.

“I don’t mind. I mean, I’ve gone sledding twice, (and I) couldn’t do it at all last year,” Indianapolis resident Brian Loane said.

He may not mind, but for state and local resources the extra snow means more hours on the road and more salt refilling needed. Still, INDOT said last year’s lack of snow allowed for a surplus going into this winter.

“Even if things stay busy, even if the current inventory is depleted, we have additional supplies that will be delivered to make sure that we keep an adequate stockpile,” INDOT Spokesman Nathan Riggs said.

The most snowfall ever recorded over a winter in Central Indiana was 51 inches, set back in 1982. The last time we got close to that number was 2003, when around 47 inches fell across the winter months.