January 9-10, 2011 Heavy Snow Event: Reports and Records

Analyzed map of snowfall reports received across the Tennessee Valley (click to see a larger image)


How Did This Event Measure Up?


Total Event Snowfall (Huntsville)

The 8.9 inches recorded at the Huntsville International Airport was the third-highest event snowfall on record at Huntsville.  The top five events are:

1 New Year's 1963-1964 Event 17.1 inches
2 January 7-8, 1988 9.6 inches
3 January 9-10, 2011 8.9 inches
4 February 15, 1958 8.0 inches
5 January 29-30, 1936 7.5 inches

Total Calendar Day Snowfall (Huntsville)

 The 6.5 inches recorded at the airport for January 9, 2011 also ranks as the 5th-highest calendar day snowfall on record at Huntsville.  (Note that this doesn't include the 2.4 inches that fall on January 10th.)  The top five are:

1 15.7 inches December 31, 1963
2 8.0 inches February 15, 1958
3 7.2 inches January 29, 1966
4 7.1 inches January 7, 1988
5 6.5 inches January 9, 2011

Note: the so-called 1993 "Superstorm" of March 12-13 ranks 6th, with 7.2 inches.

Winter Season Snowfall Totals (Huntsville)

The 2010-2011 winter season snowfall totals reached 11.7 inches, which was the third highest total ever recorded.
1 24.1 inches 1963-64
2 14.1 inches 1935-36
3 11.7 inches 2010-11
4 11.2 inches 1917-18
T-5 10.6 inches 1987-88
T-5 10.6 inches 1967-68

Total Event Snowfall (Muscle Shoals)

The 9.0 inches recorded by the cooperative observer at Muscle Shoals tied for the fourth-highest event snowfall on record.  The top five events are:

1 New Year's 1963-64 Event 19.5 inches (Actual observations taken from Florence, AL)
2 February 11, 1910 12.0 inches
3 January 18, 1893 10.5 inches
T-4 January 9-10, 2011 9.0 inches
T-4 January 29, 1966 9.0 inches
T-4 February 12-13, 1960 9.0 inches

Winter Season Snowfall Totals (Muscle Shoals)

The 2010-2011 winter season snowfall total reached 12.5 inches.  This ranks as the fifth-snowiest winter season on record at Muscle Shoals.  The top five are:

1 20.8 inches 1963-64
2 18.5 inches 1967-68
3 16.9 inches 1929-30
4 15.9 inches 1935-40
5 12.5 inches 2010-11

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