January could become snowiest month in Indianapolis history

Indy about 5 inches short of all-time record

INDIANAPOLIS - For decades, January 1978 has been the mark by which Hoosiers measured their winters, but January 2014 has a chance of setting a new record for snowiest month.

The Blizzard of '78 brought more than 15 inches of snow alone to Indianapolis, and the monthly total was 30.6 inches, the all-time record for snowiest month in the city.

Before Tuesday morning's snow, Indianapolis had recorded 23.3 inches for the month, fifth place in all-time monthly snowfall and in third place for the month of January.

Here are the top five snowiest months in Indianapolis:

January 1978: 30.6 inches
March 1906: 30.4 inches
December 1973: 27.5 inches
January 1996: 25.2 inches
January 2014: 23.3 inches

Tuesday morning's snow closed in on the fourth-place mark, but the National Weather Service in Indianapolis has not yet released a snowfall total from Tuesday. The total is expected to be 2 inches or less.

If Tuesday morning's snowfall was around two inches, that would leave Indianapolis about 5 inches short of the all-time record monthly snowfall set in 1978.

With 10 days left in the month and the Polar Vortex again gripping the state, it's possible that record could be topped.

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