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Jan 20, 2012 11:34 AM by Chrissy Kohler (StormTracker Weather Center)

Snow storm to go down in the history books

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:

  • DEC 23-29, 1996 41.1"
  • FEB 11-13, 1936 28.5" **DATA NOT TAKEN AT AIRPORT
  • NOV 19-24, 1921 28.3" **DATA NOT TAKEN AT AIRPORT
  • JAN 16-19, 1970 17.4"
  • JAN 15-18, 1954 17.3"
  • JAN 13-15, 1963 16.5"
  • **JAN 17-19, 2012 15.7"**

January 18th also ranks among the top 20 highest snowfalls in a single day.

  • FEB 12TH, 1936 19.7" **DATA NOT TAKEN AT AIRPORT
  • NOV 21ST, 1921 17.0" **DATA NOT TAKEN AT AIRPORT
  • FEB 7TH, 1975 14.4"
  • JAN 9TH, 1980 11.1"
  • DEC 24TH, 1996 10.3"
  • OCT 5TH, 1914 10.0" **DATA NOT TAKEN AT AIRPORT
  • FEB 7TH, 2011 9.7"
  • JAN 23RD, 1982 9.6"
  • FEB 4TH, 1959 9.5"
  • DEC 16TH, 1955 9.5"
  • DEC 30TH, 1944 9.0" **DATA NOT TAKEN AT AIRPORT
  • JAN 16TH, 1954 8.8"
  • JAN 16TH, 1896 8.8" **DATA NOT TAKEN AT AIRPORT
  • **JAN 18TH, 2012 8.6"**

This storm also comes in number six on the list of highest two day totals with 13.6"

  • FEB 11-12, 1936 24.5" **DATA NOT TAKEN AT AIRPORT
  • NOV 21-22, 1921 18.0" **DATA NOT TAKEN AT AIRPORT
  • DEC 24-25, 1996 17.9"
  • JAN 2-3, 1928 14.5" **DATA NOT TAKEN AT AIRPORT
  • FEB 7-8, 1975 14.5"
  • **JAN 18-19, 2012 13.6"**
  • JAN 10-12, 1980 12.7"
  • DEC 23-24, 1996 12.1"
  • JAN 28-29, 1908 12.0" **DATA NOT TAKEN AT AIRPORT

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*

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