Winter Weather Awareness Week Day 1: Historical Winter Weather Events


Monday, the National Weather Service office in Birmingham, Alabama and Alabama Emergency Management Agencies kicked off Winter Weather Awareness Week.

Looking back to February of 2010, heavy snow fell due to a low pressure system skirting across the Gulf of Mexico. This picture shows it falling in southwestern Pike County. (Courtesy: Sean Sporman)

Monday, the National Weather Service office in Birmingham, Alabama and Alabama Emergency Management Agencies kicked off Winter Weather Awareness Week.

They begin this week with a look back at some of the most historic winter weather events in Alabama.

Looking back to February of 2010, heavy snow fell due to a low pressure system skirting across the Gulf of Mexico. This system brought as much as seven inches in Troy just as the Winter Olympics were kicking off in Vancouver, Canada.

A year before that, on March 1st, 2009, parts of the Wiregrass saw a dusting from a snow event. The heaviest snowfall totals in the state from that storm were in Lee County. Specifically, Auburn saw 5 inches of snow.

And, there was the storm of the century in 1993, where some places in the state saw a foot or more of snow across the state.

Even the city of Dothan saw some significant snow. Some Alabama communities even reported rare thunder-snow from the powerful storm.

Tuesday, the Weather Service takes a look at winter weather terminology.


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