Updated Snowfall Record Information For Wichita Falls and Oklahoma City

Statistics last updated:  March 23, 2010 at 10:00am CDT

Having experienced several significant storms this winter, parts of western and central Oklahoma and western North Texas have seen their seasonal snowfall totals for 2009-2010 grow to considerable levels.  When we talk about seasonal snowfall totals we mean the amount of snow that falls over the course of the winter, rather than in a calendar year. Here at the NWS Norman forecast office, we have two sites with a reliable snowfall record that dates back many decades - Oklahoma City (OKC) and Wichita Falls (SPS).  Below, you will see some of the statistics for this winter's snowfall at both of those sites.  These figures will be updated over the next several months.

Visit event writeups for some of the significant winter storms we've had this year:  the Christmas Eve blizzard and the January 28-29, 2010 winter storm.

Oklahoma City (Records back to 1892-1893 winter)

  • 5th Highest Total Seasonal Snowfall - 23.2"
  • The seasonal snowfall so far is the most since the 1987-1988 winter (22 years).
  • Snowiest December on Record - 14.0", breaking the previous record of 9.0" in 1914-1915
  • Record storm total snowfall - 13.5" on December 24, 2009

In order to break the seasonal snowfall record, Oklahoma City would need to measure an additional 2.1 inches of snow.  Oklahoma City averages 8.6 inches of snow every winter, with 0.7 inches in March.  Averages are computed using the 1971-2000 period of record.  The latest measurable snowfall that occurred in a winter season was on April 14, 1953, when 0.8 inches of snow was observed.

Oklahoma City (OKC) Total Seasonal Snowfall Records
Rank
Snowfall
Season
1 25.2" 1947-1948
2 24.4" 1967-1968
3 (tie)
23.5" 1912-1913
3 (tie)
23.5" 1987-1988
5
23.2" 2009-2010
6 21.5" 1923-1924
7
20.4" 1977-1978
8 18.0" 1960-1961
9 17.4" 1972-1973
10 17.1" 1959-1960

 

Wichita Falls (Records back to January 1924)

  • Highest Total Seasonal Snowfall - 16.6" - the seasonal snowfall is the most in the period of record (87 years)
  • Snowiest December on Record -  9.1", breaking the previous record of 8.0" in 1942-1943.
  • 4th Snowiest Calendar Day on Record - 7.8" on December 24, 2009.  Highest total was 9.8" on January 18, 1925

Wichita Falls eclipsed its all time seasonal snowfall record on February 11, 2010.  Wichita Falls averages 5.5 inches of snow every winter, with 0.6 inches in March.  Averages are computed using the 1971-2000 period of record.  The latest measurable snowfall that occurred in a winter season was on April 8, 1973, when 0.8 inches of snow was observed.

Wichita Falls (SPS) Total Seasonal Snowfall Records
Rank
Snowfall
Season
1 16.6" 2009-2010
2 14.3" 1957-1958
3 13.7" 1977-1978
4
13.2" 1988-1989
5
12.7" 1965-1966
6 12.5" 1946-1947
7 12.4" 1967-1968
8 12.0" 1987-1988
9 (tie)
10.6" 1978-1979
9 (tie)
10.6" 1972-1973


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