• Green Country buried in record snow 7 years ago

    By: Megan McClellan


    Quick Facts

    • Six new snowfall records were set
    • More than 13" of snow fell in one day
    • Record maximum snowfall depth record for Tulsa was set on Feb. 2


    Photo Cred: Michael Seger

    Weather Setup

    Just a few days before the record snowfall happened, temperatures were in the 70s and people were enjoying spending time outside.

    On January 29th, two days before the snowfall started, the high was 76 degrees, setting a new record high for that day. 

    Temperatures cooled down as an upper-level storm system moved across Oklahoma causing COLD arctic air to move into the area.

    The low continued to intensify as it moved further south bringing more cold air into Oklahoma. Freezing rain and sleet started late in the evening on the 21st of January but with cold air continuing to move in and replace the warm air from just a few days prior, the precipitation quickly changed to snow.

    10" snow drift in breezeway of NWS office.

    The snow continued overnight and through a large part of the day on the 1st of February before clearing out.


    Records Set

    Even though the snowfall started on the 31st, most of the new records were set until the 1st and 2nd of February.

    Photo Cred: Michael Seger

    0.8" of snowfall fell on the 31st but then jumped to 13.2" on the 1st leading to three new records set.

    On the 1st of February the following records were set:

    • Record Calendar Day Snowfall for Any Day
      • Previous Record: 12.1" on March 8, 1994
    • Record Snowfall for February 1
      • Previous Record: 5.0" February 1, 1996
    • Record Snowfall for the Entire Month of February
      • Previous Record: 10.5" February 2003


    There are still three more records that were set during this event.

    For an entire event, this system set a new record of snowfall at 14.0" which also became the new record for Record 24-hour Snowfall. Both of those records were previously set March 8-9 in 1994 with 12.9" of snow.

    Record Maximum Snowfall Depth was 14.0" on February 2 (the previous record was 11.0" in January of 1988).


    More Than Snow

    Across other portions of Green Country, freezing rain and sleet continued for a longer time leading to ice accumulation. For the most part, the ice accumulations were less than a quarter of an inch but were up to an inch or two in some places.

    Temperatures did eventually drop in those places to change that sleet to snow with accumulations up to 5.0".

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