March 15th-18th 1892 Middle Tennessee Snowstorm

March 15th-18th 1892 Middle Tennessee SnowstormMarch 15th-18th 1892 Middle Tennessee Snowstorm

Storm tracks for March 1892/Image from Monthly Weather Review March 1892


March 15th-18th 1892 Middle Tennessee Snowstorm

Bobby Boyd
National Weather Service
Nashville, Tennessee



One of the heaviest snowstorms ever known to occur in Middle Tennessee occurred between March 15th and March 18th in 1892.  At Riddleton, 18.7 inches fell in 24 hour period and a storm total of 26.3 inches was measured. Nashville recorded 17.0 inches during a 24 hour period on March 17th 1892, which to this day is still a 24 hour snowfall record for Nashville, Tennessee. March of 1892 remains the snowiest month on record in Nashville.


March Snowstorm of 1892 In Nashville, Tennessee

March 15th  4.2 inches

March 16th  0.1 inches

March 17th 17.0 inches

March 18th  0.2 inches

Storm Total 21.5 inches


A surface low pressure system (storm VIII) as depicted in the image above developed in the western Gulf Of Mexico on the 15th of March in 1892 and tracked northeast to near New Orleans, Louisiana early on March 17th and then across south Alabama and south Georgia during the day on March 18th. The storm intensified as it reached New England.









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