Record Snowfall (not here)

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Another blanket of fresh snow has fallen here in Otsego – a whole 3 inches.  The current temp is 23.0° at 7 am.

Below are records set at various recording stations around the U.S.  Keep in mind these are in areas where populations are perhaps greater than small towns and burgs and include only the continental states.  I have seen snowfalls in greater depths in the Northeast and eastern Canada with some areas where one could walk out a second-story window (with snowshoes of course).  I imagine there are areas in the Rockies in small burgs and villages where snowfall could bury a cabin or home.  That said, here are the ‘recorded’ records:

Here are the records set in each US state for the most amount of snow to fall on a single calendar day at a weather station.

The biggest one-day snowfall for the entire United States is five feet three inches (1.6 metres) that arrived at Georgetown, Colorado on December 12, 1913.  (I have experienced snowfalls such as this).

A much deeper heap of snow landed in 24 hours spanning April 14 and 15, 1921 at Silver Lake in Colorado, that totalled 75.8 inches (1.9253 metres).

These records do not include areas where no records or reports are kept.

State Inches Weather Station Date
Alabama 18.5 Reform Jan 23, 1940
Alaska 62.0 Thompson Pass Dec 29, 1955
Arizona 38.0 Heber Ranger Station Dec 14, 1967
Arkansas 18.0 Bee Branch Feb 19, 1921
California 60.0 Giant Forest Jan 19, 1933
Colorado 63.0 Georgetown Dec 4, 1913
Connecticut 28.0 Middletown 4 W Jan 28, 1897
Delaware 25.0 Dover Feb 19, 1979
Florida 4.0 Milton Experimental Station Mar 6, 1954
Georgia 19.3 Cedartown 3 NE Mar 3, 1942
Idaho 30.0 Headquarters Dec 28, 1968
Illinois 24.0 Coatsburg Feb 28, 1900
Indiana 22.0 Cannelton Dec 23, 2004
Iowa 21.0 Fayette Mar 6, 1959
Kansas 25.0 Columbus 6 NNW Mar 14, 1896
Kentucky 20.0 Lewisport 4 S Dec 23, 2004
Louisiana 16.0 Shell Beach Feb 14, 1895
Maine 35.0 Middle Dam Nov 23, 1943
Maryland 31.0 Clear Spring 1 ENE Mar 29, 1942
Massachusetts 29.0 Natick Apr 1, 1997
Michigan 30.0 Herman Dec 19, 1996
Minnesota 36.0 Wolf Ridge ELC Jan 7, 1994
Mississippi 15.0 Batesville 2 SW Feb 11, 1895
Missouri 24.0 Brunswick Dec 5, 1925
Montana 48.0 Millegan 14 SE Dec 27, 2003
Extreme snowfalls in one day for each American state – continued:
Nebraska 24.0 Arthur Mar 27, 1939
Nevada 26.0 Reno NWSFO Dec 30, 2004
New Hampshire 49.3 Mount Washington Feb 25, 1969
New Jersey 33.0 Elizabeth Feb 14, 1899
New Mexico 36.0 Abbott 1 SE Nov 24, 1940
New York 45.0 Watertown Nov 15, 1900
North Carolina 29.0 Mount Mitchell Mar 21, 2001
North Dakota 24.0 Amidon Feb 28, 1998
Ohio 22.0 Woodsfield 2 N Feb 17, 2003
Oklahoma 23.0 Buffalo Feb 21, 1971
Oregon 37.0 Chemult Feb 6, 1949
Pennsylvania 38.0 Morgantown Mar 20, 1958
Rhode Island 30.0 Woonsocket Feb 7, 1978
South Carolina 18.0 Society Hill Feb 25, 1914
South Dakota 47.0 Deadwood Mar 14, 1973
Tennessee 20.8 Elizabethton Mar 18, 1936
Texas 24.0 Clifton 9 E Dec 21, 1929
Utah 35.0 Silver Lake Brighton Jan 22, 1964
Vermont 33.0 Saint Johnsbury Feb 25, 1969
Virginia 33.5 Luray 5 E Mar 3, 1994
Washington 48.0 Gunn’s Ranch Jan 21, 1935
West Virginia 33.0 Alpena Dec 29, 1967
Wisconsin 25.0 Trempealeau Dam 6 Jan 20, 1952
Wyoming 34.0 Bechler River Ranger Station Jan 28, 1933

The old Mount Shasta Ski Bowl in northern California holds the record for the most snow received from a single storm system. A total of 15.75 feet (189 inches) of snow was measured Feb. 13-19, 1959. Mount Shasta is a volcano in the Cascade Mountain range and rises as high as 14,160 feet.

Measurements in Thompson Pass, Alaska, show that an astounding 83 inches of snow fell over three days, with 52 inches piling up in the first 24 hours. Thus making this some of the most intense snowfall ever recorded on the planet.  I wonder about this statement or record, especially when there are areas in the Alps that get amazing amounts of snow.

Thus I end the tease for all of you snow lovers.  Our snowfall has mainly come from snow machines at the ski resorts this year.  Bittersweet down the road from me has been consistently opened all winter.


The winter weather advisory expires at 10 am however we may see scattered snow showers throughout the day.  Temps will remain just below freezing.  Our next system will move into the area on Sunday, or so it appears at this time.


 

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

The snow just keeps coming!

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INDY
INDY

I can say in most of west Michigan most it snowed all day long and its still snowing outside great Scotty …INDY

Andy W
Andy W

Looks a whole lot better when you switch to actual snow depth over the next 16 days!

https://www.instantweathermaps.com/GFS-php/conussfc.php?run=2020020618&time=PER&var=SNODI&hour=384

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Hmm, wonder why that map never gets posted? lol

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Thanks for posting the GREAT NEWS about snow country! I absolutely love it! Thanks again!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

The snow just keeps coming! Who would have thought?

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Slim

Drum Roll please……………I am not sure what the official snow fall amount will be but here at my house I am now at 1″ that is right 1″ and that believe it or not would be the biggest snow fall at Grand Rapids since January 19th At this time it is 25 with light snow falling.
Slim

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

You know we’re in a snow drought when we’re counting tenths of an inch all day to finally reach 1 inch. Funny.

INDY
INDY

Just watched Chief Steffens 8 day forecast shows all but 2 days with no snow far from a quiet week ahead …INDY

Wild Bill
Wild Bill

I’m surprised they showed 2 days of no snow, usually from December 1st to April 1st they find a chance for everyday lol, good stuff!!!!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Ain’t that the truth! I think it was last week they had snow on 7 of the 8 days but yet we ended up with several days in the 50s.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

The snow just keep coming and more is on the way! The latest CPC looks good for cold and snow! Rock n roll will never die!

INDY
INDY

Let it snow let it snow let it snow …Most of west Michigan reporting snow falling most of….INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

It is a great winter day outside! I especially like the temperatures today! Keep it coming!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

As Indy stated – lots of snow chances coming up! Get ready!

INDY
INDY

Love the snow falling outside ….INDY

Slim

During the winter of 1996/97 Herman Michigan had a total of 384.0″ of snow. But that is not the record for a season here in Michigan that belongs to Delaware Michigan where in the winter of 1978/79 391.9″ of snow fell. As for the state by state records the 30″ reported at Herman can be verified. If I have some extra time I will look as some of the others. The larger locations like Watertown NY and Dover DL should be correct but for some of the very small locations well that is hard to say if they are correct… Read more »

INDY
INDY

Love it closing in on mid February and we have lots of snow chances coming up …INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Thanks for the facts!!!!!!

Slim

Here at my house there is less then a half inch of snow, yes the ground and road have snow on them but that is all I can say. At this time it is 26 and cloudy here.
Slim

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

We got barely an inch of snow. Just enough to make the roads slick.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Had to look up where the Florida location was with their record 4 inch snowfall. Up on the top left of the panhandle. Must have felt like the end of the world when they had that.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Not quite enough snow to cover the grass, maybe a inch to a inch and a half. Got to love the storm track this year, missing out on every heavy snow or ending up on the warm side with rain. Shovels and snowblowers haven’t moved in a month.

Mookie
Mookie

WOOD says Sunday’s system will be light and the next possible system won’t be for another week. Sure is quiet around here…

INDY
INDY

Hmmmm Terri said accumulating snow here Sundy what WOOD you watching lol…Have a snowy Thursday…INDY ….

Mookie
Mookie

WOOD: “Most of Saturday should be dry, with a chance of light snow Sunday PM into Sunday night.”