Montgomery Cold Weather Facts

Freeze Facts (1895 – 2013)

Freeze Facts

  • Earliest last freeze – There was no spring freeze in 1921
  • Average date of last Spring freeze – March 8th
  • Latest Spring freezing temperature – April 13th, 1940
  • Earliest Autumn freezing temperature - October 20th, 1989
  • Average date of first Autumn freeze - November 19th
  • Latest first freeze – January 31st, 1932

Coldest Temperature ever: -5 on February 13th, 1899

Coldest Maximum Temperature ever: 18 on January 9th, 1886

Greatest number of days with consecutive minimum temperatures of 32 degrees or below (1872 -2012)

  • 18 days – January 15th, 1940 – February 1st, 1940
  • 16 days – February 7th, 1958 – February 22nd, 1958
  • 15 days - January 1st, 2010 - January 15th 2010
  • 15 days – January 10th, 1918 – January 24th, 1918
  • 13 days – February 7th, 1895 – February 19th, 1895
  • 13 days – December 24th, 2002 – January 5th, 2002
  • 12 days – January 13th, 1893 – January 24th, 1893
  • 12 days – January 8th, 1981 – January 19th, 1981
  • 12 days – January 5th, 1988 – January 16th, 1988
  • 12 days – January 10th, 1997 – January 21st, 1997

Most number of days with a minimum temperature of 32 degrees or below per month (1900-2012)

  • 26 days – January 1940
  • 23 days – January 1977
  • 22 days – January 2003
  • 21 days – January 1918, January 1976, January 1981
  • 20 days – January 1961, January 1963, January 1970, January 1978, January 1985, and December 2010
  • 19 days – February 1958, December 1963, January 1988, January 1996, December 2000, and January 2010
October April
3 days – 1968
2 days – 1987
2 days – 1957, 1962, 1987, 1989, 2001, 2008
1 day – 1923, 1940,1950, 2000, 2009

Normal number of days with a minimum temperature of 32 degrees or below per month (1872 - 2012)

  • January – 9.9
  • February – 5.9
  • March – 2.0
  • April – 0.1
  • October – 0.2
  • November – 3.1
  • December – 8.2
  • Annual – 29.3

At or Below Zero Degrees Readings (1872 - 2012)

  • -5 – February 13th, 1899
  • 0 – January 21st, 1985

Most number of days with minimum temperature 32 degrees or below in a calendar year (1900 - 2012)

  • 68 – 2010
  • 60 – 1963
  • 59 – 1968
  • 57 -- 2008
  • 55 -- 2009
  • 55 – 1977
  • 54 – 1976
  • 53 – 1969

Least number of days with minimum temperature 32 degrees or below in a calendar year (1900 - 2012)

  • 2 – 1921
  • 3 – 1939
  • 8 – 1933, 1946
  • 9 – 1931

Snow Facts (1872-2012)

On a side note, reports indicate that unofficially eleven inches of snow occurred in early December, 1886, long before records were available for the Montgomery Airport.

Since 1900 there have been 9 days on which one inch or more of snow was officially measured in Montgomery.  This equates to roughly once every 12.6 years, or about an 8 percent chance for any particular year that this will occur.

During this same period there have been 11 times when measureable snow occurred (that is, greater than a trace), which equates to once every 10.4 years. This means that there is about a 10 percent chance for this to occur in any particular year.

Based on records since 1966, a trace or more of snow has occurred 59 times, or every 1.1 years.  This equates to an 89 percent chance of a trace of snow occurring in any particular year.

 Top Five Snow Days

  1. 3.8” – March 13th, 1993
  2. 3.5" -- February 12th, 2010
  3. 3.1” – February 9th, 1973
  4. 3.0” – January 18th, 1977
  5. 2.5” – January 17th, 1948

Top Five Snow Events

  1. 3.8” – March 13th, 1993
  2. 3.5" -- February 12th, 2010
  3. 3.1” – February 9th, 1973
  4. 3.0” – January 18th, 1977 and January 30th-31st, 1977

 Earliest Snow

<1" December 11th, 1940

1”> December 18th, 1996

4”> Has not occurred.

 Latest Snow

<1" April 3rd, 1987

1”> March 13th, 1993

4”> Has not occurred. 

Monthly Snow Normals and Max (Year) (1872 - 2012)

Month
Normal Amount
Max/Year
January 0.2” 6.0” (1977)
February 0.1” 4.8” (1993)
March 0.2” 3.5” (2010)
April 0.0 3.1” (1973)
October 0.0 2.5" (1948)
November 0.0 2.0” (1935)
December 0.0” 1.9” (2002)
Annual 0.5” 6.0” (1976-1977 season)

White Christmas Data (December 22nd-27th) – Bold is Christmas Day Snows

Measurable Snow

  • 1.4” – December 22nd, 1935
  • 0.1" – December 27th, 1892 

Trace Amounts

  • December 22nd, 1949
  • December 25th, 1953
  • December 24th, 1962
  • December 24th, 1964
  • December 26th, 1980
  • December 27th, 1983
  • December 23rd, 1989
  • December 23rd, 1993
  • December 25th, 2010
  • December 26th, 2010

Freezing Rain and Ice Storms

In regard to icing information, there are not official records kept by the NWS  for total ice accumulations...so icing data and information are much more subjective than snowfall data.

The following information for icing events was assembled from a variety of sources including the National Climatic Data Center storm reports as well as  local storm studies by the National Weather Service and other parties.

Between 1950 and 2010, there were 21 "icing" events in the vicinity of Montgomery.  This equates to an icing event occurring every three years on average.  Based on the events listed below, January appears to be a prime month for ice storms in the Montgomery area.

Some icing events occurring since 1960 include:

  • January 25th, 1961 - Light icing occurred.
  • January 28th - 29th, 1961 - Light icing occurred.
  • January 12th, 1982 - Moderate to heavy icing occurred.
  • January 20th, 1983 - Moderate to heavy icing occurred, resulting in power outages and travel problem
  • January 7th, 1988 – Light to moderate icing occurred.
  • January 28th, 2005 – Light icing occurred.
  • January 9th - 10th, 2011 - Estimated ice accumulation of one-quarter inch or more occurred, mainly on elvated road surface, bridges, trees and power lines.

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