Welcome to Meteorological Winter

The coldest three months of year begin today.
Posted at 10:38 AM, Dec 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-01 10:46:13-05

The start of a new month also brings the start of a new season. Meteorological Winter begins today and will run through the end of February. Meteorologists and climatologists divide the calendar into four seasons of three months based on average temperatures. The coldest time of the year is winter, while summer is the warmest part of the year. Spring and fall are the transition seasons. Astronomical winter begins with the Winter Solstice on December 21st at 11:19 PM.

On the first day of meteorological winter Lexington's average temperatures are 48° and 32° for highs and lows respectively. The coldest part of the year occurs between early January and mid February with average highs in the lower 40s and lows in the mid 20s. The temperature trend takes an upswing closer to the end of the season.

It should come as no surprise that meteorological winter is also the Bluegrass' snowiest season. Lexington averages 13" of snow annually. Almost that entire amount typically falls during the winter.