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Yearly Reports
Interested in what kind of weather occurred in a recent year? Check out the most memorable events below.
The Winter of 2010/2011 (Pg2)
The official NOAA outlook for winter called for warmer and wetter than normal conditions in Arkansas. There were half a dozen significant snow events in Arkansas in January and February, 2011. The first big event unfolded on January 9th.
In the picture: The pattern at 600 pm CST on 01/07/2011 featured a northwest wind flow aloft out of Canada, and a storm system ("L") in the southwest United States. Cold air preceded the arrival of the system, and this increased the chances for wintry precipitation.


A storm system tracked along the Gulf Coast, and drove moisture into colder air over Arkansas. Two to more than six inches piled up in central and southern sections of the state. Snow accumulations through 1200 am CST on 01/10/2011.
In the picture: The intersection of Highway 107 and Kiehl Avenue in Sherwood (Pulaski County) was covered with snow during the late evening of 01/09/2011. Click to enlarge.


Snow accumulations through 1200 am CST on 01/10/2011. The heaviest snow fell from Texarkana (Miller County) to Little Rock (Pulaski County), with six to ten inches reported. There were several accidents along Interstate 30 between Benton (Saline County) and Malvern (Hot Spring County). This created a traffic jam several miles long, and vehicles were stalled for hours.
In the picture: Snow accumulations through 1200 am CST on 01/10/2011.


Heaviest Reported Snow Accumulations
Site Amount (Inches)
Malvern (Hot Spring Co) 8.0
Murfreesboro (Pike Co) 7.0
Sparkman (Dallas Co) 7.0
Leola (Grant Co) 6.5
Antoine (Pike Co) 6.0
Arkadelphia (Clark Co) 6.0
Bismarck (Hot Spring Co) 6.0
Crystal Valley (Pulaski Co) 6.0
Glenwood (Pike Co) 6.0
Hampton (Calhoun Co) 6.0


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More Accumulations


The most memorable episode of the winter occurred on February 9th.

A storm system ("L") tracked through Texas on 02/09/2011, and spread snow into Arkansas.
In the picture: A storm system ("L") tracked through Texas on 02/09/2011, and spread snow into Arkansas. The system was followed by arctic high pressure ("H") and much colder air.


Snow accumulations on 02/09/2011.

Anywhere from four inches of snow up to a foot was common across the state, with one to more than two feet in the Ozark Mountains from Fayetteville (Washington County) to Jasper (Newton County) and Marshall (Searcy County). Southern sections of Arkansas and the far northeast received two to four inch amounts.

In the picture: Snow accumulations on 02/09/2011.


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A Brewing Snowstorm on Radar (205 am to 724 CST on the 9th)
The loop shows snow building slowly eastward along a boundary in northwest Arkansas. The heavy snow axis remained nearly unchanged for more than five hours.


Huge snowfall amounts were reported in the northwest. At Siloam Springs (Benton County), 24.5 inches of snow piled up, with 24 inches at Hindsville (Madison County) and Springdale (Washington County).

These were close to the state record, but not quite. The greatest twenty four hour snowfall in Arkansas was 25 inches measured at Corning (Clay County) on January 22, 1918.


Heaviest Reported Snow Accumulations
Site Amount (Inches)
Siloam Springs (Benton Co) 24.5
Hindsville (Madison Co) 24.0
Springdale (Washington Co) 24.0
Rogers (Benton Co) 22.0
Huntsville (Madison Co) 21.0
Bentonville (Benton Co) 20.0
Ponca (Newton Co) 19.5
Fayetteville (Washington Co) 18.0
Jasper (Newton Co) 15.0
Deer (Newton Co) 14.0
Eureka Springs (Carroll Co) 12.0
Parthenon (Newton Co) 12.0
Gassville (Baxter Co) 11.0
Tilly (Pope Co) 11.0
Birdtown (Conway Co) 10.0
Clinton (Van Buren Co) 10.0
Gilbert (Searcy Co) 10.0
Harrison (Boone Co) 10.0


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Other Snow Accumulations


By the time this event was over, Deer (Newton County) had a monthly total of 24 inches of snow. This not only made it the snowiest February on record, it was also the snowiest month on record! It was also the snowiest February at Calico Rock (Izard County) and Damascus (Van Buren County), with 13.3 inches and 15.6 inches respectively. It was the second snowiest February at Gilbert (Searcy County), Mountain View (Stone County) and Omaha (Boone County).


The sky cleared from the northwest by dawn on the 10th. With snow on the ground and light winds, it was a perfect setup for a very cold morning. Temperatures dipped well below zero in the northwest counties.

 Arctic high pressure ("H") was over the southern Plains at 500 am CST on 02/10/2011.
In the picture: Arctic high pressure ("H") was over the southern Plains at 500 am CST on 02/10/2011. Under the high, it was very cold from northern Oklahoma into northwest Arkansas, with well below zero temperatures.


The low temperature at Highfill (Benton County) was 21 degrees below zero, and 18 below zero at Fayetteville (Washington County). Nowata, OK plummeted to 31 degrees below zero...breaking the all-time state record of 27 below zero set at Vinita, OK on February 13, 1905. That same morning (in 1905), Gravette (Benton County) hit 29 below zero, the all-time Arkansas record. 

Cold conditions spread farther east on the 11th. The day started with a low of 8 degrees at Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), the coldest February temperature since 1949. It was 4 degrees at Mena (Polk County) and 12 degrees at Hot Springs (Garland County), the coldest February readings since 1996 at both locations.  


Link of Interest
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