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Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 6 Pm This Evening To Noon Akst Monday... * What...heavy Wet Snow. Total Snow Accumulations Of 12 To 16 Inches Are Expected. * Where...white Pass On Klondike Highway, Mainly Above 2500 Feet. * When...snowfall Will Begin Sunday Evening With Greatest ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:40pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 12:00pmTarget Area: Taiya Inlet and Klondike Highway

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect Until 9 Pm Akst Monday... * What...strong Winds And Near Blizzard Conditions. Plan On Difficult Travel Conditions. Winds Gusting To 60 Mph Are Expected. Total Snow Accumulations Of 4 To 6 Inches Are Expected. Visibility Will Be Near Zero At Times In Snow And ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:53pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 9:00pmTarget Area: St Lawrence Island and Bering Strait Coast

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 3 Am Monday To Noon Akst Tuesday... * What...heavy Snow Expected. Plan On Difficult Travel Conditions. Total Snow Accumulations 6 To 12 Inches, Heaviest From The Dalton Highway West. * Where...from The Dalton Highway West. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:53pmExpires: December 12, 2017 at 12:00pmTarget Area: Southeastern Brooks Range

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 3 Am Monday To Noon Akst Tuesday... * What...heavy Snow And Blowing Snow Expected. Plan On Difficult Travel Conditions. Total Snow Accumulations Of 4 To 8 Inches, With Localized Amounts Up To 10 Inches Northwest Of Allakaket. Blowing Snow Will Cause Low Visibility Over Dalton Highway ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:53pmExpires: December 12, 2017 at 12:00pmTarget Area: Upper Koyukuk Valley

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 6 Am Monday To 3 Pm Akst Tuesday... * What...heavy Snow And Blowing Snow Expected. Total Snow Accumulations Of 6 To 12 Inches Expected. Blowing Snow Will Cause Areas Of Low Visibility. * Where...upper Kobuk And Noatak Valleys. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:53pmExpires: December 12, 2017 at 3:00pmTarget Area: Upper Kobuk and Noatak Valleys

Freeze Warning
...frost Advisories And Freeze Warnings In Effect For The Tri- State Area Tonight... ...freeze Warning In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This Evening To 8 Am Est /7 Am Cst/ Monday... The National Weather Service In Tallahassee Has Issued A Freeze Warning, Which Is In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 11:47amExpires: December 11, 2017 at 7:00amTarget Area: Coffee; Dale; Geneva; Henry; Houston

Freeze Warning
...freeze Warning Remains In Effect From 1 Am To 9 Am Est Monday... * Temperature...27 To 32 Degrees For 6 To 8 Hours Tonight. * Impacts...freezing Temperatures Can Harm Vulnerable Plants, Animals And Those Sensitive To Cold. Areas Of Inland Frost Are Expected Tonight ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 9:37pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 9:00amTarget Area: Alachua; Baker; Bradford; Clay; Inland Duval; Inland Nassau; Marion; Putnam; Union

Freeze Warning
...freeze Warning In Effect From 4 Am To 8 Am Est Monday... .a Cold And Dry Airmass Will Remain In Place Across The Area Tonight. Light Winds Will Allow Temperatures To Fall Below Freezing For A Few Hours Toward Sunrise. ...freeze Warning Remains In Effect From 4 Am To 8 Am Est Monday... ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 8:25pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 8:00amTarget Area: Coastal Citrus; Coastal Hernando; Coastal Levy; Inland Citrus; Inland Hernando; Inland Levy; Inland Pasco; Sumter

Freeze Warning
...frost Advisories And Freeze Warnings In Effect For The Tri- State Area Tonight... ...freeze Warning In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This Evening To 8 Am Est /7 Am Cst/ Monday... The National Weather Service In Tallahassee Has Issued A Freeze Warning, Which Is In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:47pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 8:00amTarget Area: Calhoun; Central Walton; Gadsden; Holmes; Inland Bay; Inland Dixie; Inland Franklin; Inland Gulf; Inland Jefferson; Inland Taylor; Inland Wakulla; Jackson; Lafayette; Leon; Liberty; Madison; North Walton; Washington

Freeze Warning
...frost Advisories And Freeze Warnings In Effect For The Tri- State Area Tonight... ...freeze Warning In Effect From 11 Pm This Evening To 8 Am Est Monday... The National Weather Service In Tallahassee Has Issued A Freeze Warning, Which Is In Effect From 11 Pm This Evening To 8 Am Est ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:47pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 8:00amTarget Area: Coastal Dixie; Coastal Jefferson; Coastal Taylor; Coastal Wakulla

Freeze Warning
...freeze Warning Remains In Effect From 1 Am To 9 Am Est Monday... * Temperature...27 To 32 Degrees For 6 To 8 Hours Tonight. * Impacts...freezing Temperatures Can Harm Vulnerable Plants, Animals And Those Sensitive To Cold. Areas Of Inland Frost Are Expected Tonight ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 9:37pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 9:00amTarget Area: Appling; Atkinson; Bacon; Brantley; Charlton; Clinch; Coastal Camden; Coastal Glynn; Coffee; Inland Camden; Inland Glynn; Jeff Davis; Pierce; Ware; Wayne

Freeze Warning
...frost Advisories And Freeze Warnings In Effect For The Tri- State Area Tonight... ...freeze Warning In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This Evening To 8 Am Est /7 Am Cst/ Monday... The National Weather Service In Tallahassee Has Issued A Freeze Warning, Which Is In Effect From 11 Pm Est /10 Pm Cst/ This ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:47pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 8:00amTarget Area: Baker; Ben Hill; Berrien; Brooks; Calhoun; Clay; Colquitt; Cook; Decatur; Dougherty; Early; Grady; Irwin; Lanier; Lee; Lowndes; Miller; Mitchell; Quitman; Randolph; Seminole; Terrell; Thomas; Tift; Turner; Worth

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From 10 Pm This Evening To 2 Am Akst Monday... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From 10 Pm This Evening To 2 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Wind...east Wind 40 To 55 Mph With Gusts To 75 Mph. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:45pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 2:00amTarget Area: Southeast Prince William Sound

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Am Akst Monday Through Turnagain Arm And Portage Valley... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Location...through Turnagain Arm And Portage Valley. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:45pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00amTarget Area: Western Prince William Sound

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From 3 Am To 9 Am Akst Monday Along Turnagain Arm And Higher Elevations... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From 3 Am To 9 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Location...along Turnagain Arm And Higher Elevations. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:45pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 9:00amTarget Area: Anchorage

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From 10 Pm This Evening To 2 Am Akst Monday... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From 10 Pm This Evening To 2 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Wind...east Wind 40 To 55 Mph With Possible Gusts To 75 Mph. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:25pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 2:00amTarget Area: Southeast Prince William Sound

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Am Akst Monday Through Turnagain Arm And Portage Valley... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Location...through Turnagain Arm And Portage Valley. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:25pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00amTarget Area: Western Prince William Sound

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From 3 Am To 9 Am Akst Monday Along Turnagain Arm And Higher Elevations... The National Weather Service In Anchorage Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From 3 Am To 9 Am Akst Monday. The High Wind Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Location...along Turnagain Arm And Higher Elevations. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 3:25pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 9:00amTarget Area: Anchorage

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Pm Akst Monday... The National Weather Service In Fairbanks Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From Midnight Tonight To 6 Pm Akst Monday. * Location...near The Alaska Range. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:22pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00pmTarget Area: Upper Kuskokwim Valley

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning Now In Effect Until 6 Pm Akst Monday... * Location...near The Alaska Range Including Delta Junction. * Winds...southeast Winds Gusting To 70 Mph. * Timing...winds Will Decrease Slightly This Afternoon And Evening, But Then Become Very Strong Late Tonight Through Monday Afternoon. The Strongest Winds Are Expected From Midnight ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:21pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00pmTarget Area: Deltana and Tanana Flats

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning Now In Effect Until 6 Pm Akst Monday... * Location...through Passes And Along The North Side Of The Alaska Range. * Winds...south Gusting To 80 Mph. * Timing...winds Will Decrease Slightly This Afternoon And Evening, But Then Become Very Strong Late Tonight Through Monday ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:21pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00pmTarget Area: Denali

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning Now In Effect Until 6 Pm Akst Monday... * Location...through Passes And Along The North Side Of The Alaska Range. * Winds...south Gusting To 85 Mph. * Timing...winds Will Decrease Slightly This Afternoon And Evening, But Then Become Very Strong Late Tonight Through Monday ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:21pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00pmTarget Area: Eastern Alaska Range

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Warning In Effect From 9 Pm This Evening To 6 Pm Akst Monday... The National Weather Service In Fairbanks Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect From 9 Pm This Evening To 6 Pm Akst Monday. * Location...along The Alaska Highway From Dot Lake To Tanacross. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 12:21pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 6:00pmTarget Area: Upper Tanana Valley and the Fortymile Country

High Wind Warning
...high Wind Speeds Overnight... ...high Wind Warning In Effect Until 4 Am Mst Monday... The National Weather Service In Glasgow Has Issued A High Wind Warning, Which Is In Effect Until 4 Am Mst Monday. * Winds...northwest 40 To 50 Mph With Gusts Up To 60 Mph. * Timing...tonight And Through The Overnight Hours. ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2017 at 10:19pmExpires: December 11, 2017 at 4:00amTarget Area: Sheridan

Dec 06

Snowstorms in the South: An Historical Perspective

Snowstorms in the Southeast and Deep South of the United States: An Historical Perspective

Atlanta, Georgia was amazed recently when 4-6” of snow (and ice) accumulated this past Sunday and Monday. Furthermore, snow fell on Christmas Day (officially 1.4”) in the Atlanta area as well. So how unusual is this? Of course, it is unusual but not close to record-breaking snowfall anywhere in the Southeast. Huntsville, Alabama recorded 8.9” and this was their 3rd heaviest accumulation on record but still a long way from the all-time record of 17.1” set on New Years Eve 1963-1964. Atlanta’s official 4.4” accumulation is also distant from their record of 11.2” set on January 7, 1940.

The Greatest Southeastern Snowstorms on Record

The following is a summary of the all-time greatest snowstorms to have been observed in the Gulf and Deep South Region.

JANUARY 9-11, 1800: Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina

The single greatest snow accumulations ever reported from Florida to coastal Georgia and coastal South Carolina occurred on January 9-11 some 211 years ago in 1800. A survey party demarcating the border between Florida and Georgia was encamped at the mouth of St. Mary’s River near where Ft. Clinch State Park is now just north of the current site of Jacksonville, Florida. They reported heavy snow most of the day and night of January 10th and awoke to 5” of snow cover. More may have actually fallen and melted prior to sunrise on the 11th when they made their observation. In and around Savannah, Georgia 18” of snow fell with drifts up to 3-feet. Here the snow fell continuously for a 36-hour period from late evening January 9th until early morning January 11th. In Charleston, South Carolina, the State Gazette reported 8” of snow on level with severe drifting and gales. It would appear that Charleston was on the northern edge of the heaviest accumulations which were centered around Savannah. (For more about this event see Early American Winters: 1604-1820 pp. 159-160, by David M. Ludlum, American Meteorological Society, Boston, 1966).

In modern records the heaviest snowfalls have been the following for these locations: Jacksonville, Florida: 1.9” (February 12-13, 1899), Savannah, Georgia: 3.6” December 8, 1989; Charleston, South Carolina: 7.1” February 9-10, 1973.

DECEMBER 3-6, 1886: Southern Appalachians

An early season heavy wet snowstorm hammered all of Alabama and the higher elevations of Georgia and North Carolina December 3-6, 1886 with 12-16” of snowfall in central Alabama (Montgomery had a record 11.0”), 17-20” in the northern parts of Alabama, and up to 25” in northern Georgia (as was measured in Rome). But it was in the mountains of North Carolina that the most extraordinary accumulations were reported with 36-42” at places like Hot House, North Carolina and Ducktown, Tennessee. Asheville, North Carolina reported 33” of snow on level, almost double the amount from the famous ‘Superstorm’ of 1993.

FEBRUARY 14-16, 1895: Coastal Texas to Alabama

A coastal low in the Gulf of Mexico developed near Texas on February 14, 1895 and spread a mantle of deep snow from the coastal areas of northern Mexico to Florida over the following two days. Snowflakes were reported in Tampico, Mexico (the furthest south snow has ever been recorded at a coastal location in the Western Hemisphere: 22°18’N). Brownsville, Texas measured 3-6” and the accumulations became even more fantastic further up the coast: Galveston had 15.4”, Houston 20.0”, and Lake Charles, Louisiana 22.0”. A peak accumulation of 24” was measured at Rayne in southeast Louisiana, a state record. These amounts were actually ground depth measurements, so more may have actually fallen. New Orleans registered its greatest snowfall on record with an 8.2” as did Pensacola, Florida with 3.0”. A state record for Mississippi was set at Batesville with 20.0”.

New Orleans experienced its only true blizzard on February 12, 1899. Although only 3.8” of snow fell (compared to the 8.2” in 1895) the temperature fell from the mid-20°s to low teens during the snowfall (with strong winds) and then down to an all-time low of 6.8°F by the morning of February 13th. (photo from Historic New Orleans Collection).

DECEMBER 31, 1963-JANUARY 1, 1964: Mississippi and Alabama

Another record-breaking snow of note includes this event that still holds the following all-time snowfall records: Huntsville, Alabama 17.1”; Florence, Alabama 19.2”; Meridian, Mississippi 15.0”.

FEBRUARY 9-10, 1973: Piedmont of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina

No snowstorm in the old or modern records can match that that struck the Piedmont regions of Georgia and South Carolina in February 1973. Macon, Georgia received 16.5” of snowfall and Augusta and Columbus both reported 14.0” (all-time records). Even Albany received its all-time accumulation of 3.0”. In South Carolina an all-time state record was achieved at Rimini with 24” and Columbia (16”) and Florence (17”) also set their respective all-time records for both a single snowstorm and a 24-hour accumulation.

This graphic shows the track of the surface low (solid line) and track of the 850mb low (dashed line) along with snow accumulation amounts during the storm of February 9-10, 1973. Peak snowfall was in central South Carolina with 24” at Rimini. (graphic from Weatherwise Magazine Vol. 27 p. 193, October, 1974).

MARCH 12-14, 1993: All of the interior Southeast

No summary of southern snowfall records would be complete without mention of the so-called ‘Superstorm’ or ‘Storm of the Century’. Among the notable all-time snowfall records achieved during this event are the state records for 24-hour snowfall in Georgia, 24.0” at Mountain City (modern record, see 1886); as well as Tennessee: 30.0” on Mt. LeConte, and also North Carolina: 36.0” on Mt. Mitchell. Mt. LeConte also reported an amazing Tennessee state record for a single-greatest storm total with 60.0” over the course of three days March 12-14. For the lower elevations all-time snowfall records were set at Birmingham, Alabama: 13.0” and Asheville, North Carolina: 16.5” (only a modern record, see storm of 1886 above).

A Special Note About Snow in Florida

Aside from the snow event of 1800 readers might be curious as to what the modern snowfall records are for Florida. The greatest ‘statewide’ snowfall occurred during the famous East Coast blizzard and cold wave of February 1899 (the same event that brought sub-zero temperatures to Florida for the first and only time). On February 13th, 1899 snow flakes were observed as far south as Fort Meyers and a general 1”+ accumulation occurred statewide north of Gainesville. Jacksonville recorded its greatest modern accumulation of 1.9”, 2.1” was measured at Pensacola, and up to 6” was anecdotally reported near the Georgia border in northwest Florida. The highest official amount was 3.5” at Haywood.

The furthest south snow flakes have been reported is at Homestead (south of Miami 25° 18’ N) on January 19, 1977. The deepest snowfall officially measured in the state is 4.0” at Milton Experimental Station in the NW corner on March 6, 1954.

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