Jan 20, 2012 11:34 AM by Chrissy Kohler (StormTracker Weather Center)
MISSOULA- We've made it through our first snowstorm of 2012! This storm created several new records as well as ranking in the top 10 snow storms on records.
Both January 18th and January 19th set new snowfall records for the day. January 18th saw 8.6" of snow, breaking the record for that day of 6.4" set back in 1970. January 19th added another 5.0" inches to our snowfall totals which broke the record for the day of 4.1" set back in 1998.
On top of the daily records being broken, the storm ranks among the top in several different categories. Since 1893 there have only been 15 storms that have produced a foot or more of snow. In the past three days, we have received 15.7" in Missoula. It is currently the 7th highest snowfall totals on record from a single snowfall event which the National Weather Service defines as a period of consecutive days in which measurable snow has occurred. Here's the list:
January 18th also ranks among the top 20 highest snowfalls in a single day.
This storm also comes in number six on the list of highest two day totals with 13.6"
Unfortunately, not everyone in Western Montana has received quite that amount of snow. In Kalispell at Glacier National Airport, the two day total from January 18th and 19th was only 4.2". Now just down the road, at Flathead Lake, viewer reports show upward of 10" fell. And of course, the Bitterroot Valley saw some locally high totals than Missoula with viewer reports of up to 2 feet!
*Data was provided by the National Weather Service in Missoula*