It was a RECORD snowfall!

March 4, 2008

The snowfall of March 3-4, 2008 was of record proportions. Weather history for Texoma can be difficult, since there is not the usual collection of National Weather Service records to draw upon.

Nevertheless, a bit of detective work using Oklahoma Mesonet data and historic information from DFW shows that this snowfall is the heaviest March snowfall for Durant since 1947. It is a record snowfall for March 3rd, breaking the old record of 1.5” from 1971. It also ties for the 5th heaviest single-day snowfall ever in March.

Similar data comes from Hugo: The snow of  4” in that location is a March 3rd record, and the 3rd heaviest March snow of record for Hugo.

The snowfall at DFW airport for March 3 was a record as well…the snows in Durant and Hugo were records….so it makes sense that the snows in Fannin and Grayson Counties were also of record caliber for the date, and probably in the top 10 snowfalls of record for March.

In fact, the heavy snow areas  received about their annual average snowfall in this single event.  Just another weird footnote to what has been a very odd winter of 2007-2008!

 Take Care,

Steve LaNore

Chief Meteorologist























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  • by Adam Location: sherman on Mar 25, 2008 at 07:56 AM
    Yeah.....Lot o snow
  • by AJ Location: Sherman Texas on Mar 10, 2008 at 08:39 PM
    LOLI got some video of this snow and it's on Youtube.That was some snow we recieved like 9"
  • by ! Location: Colbert on Mar 9, 2008 at 08:36 AM
    We had 7" of snow in Colbert
  • by Terri Location: Denison on Mar 8, 2008 at 07:32 AM
    Is there a formula for figuring snowfall to rainfall amounts? How many inches of snow does it take to equal an inch of rain? Checking online, I'm finding variations depending on air temperatures and wet or dry snow. We definitely had very wet snow. Based on the conditions here in Texoma, what is your best guess for 7" of snow?
  • by Anthony Powell Location: Sherman on Mar 6, 2008 at 09:41 PM
    I think the record snowfall for Sherman was the 1978 storm that dumped at least 10 inches and was on the ground for two weeks.
  • by SAMANTHA Location: SHERMAN on Mar 6, 2008 at 12:44 PM
  • by Joyce Location: Howe on Mar 6, 2008 at 08:55 AM
    I checked out in my front yard and we got 3.5 in here. Ready for another round!!
  • by Steve LaNore Location: KXII-TV studios on Mar 6, 2008 at 08:16 AM
    Lynn, Snowfall totals from The March 3-4 storm vary depending on who you ask. Durant...5" Sherman/Denison 4-6"...Fannin County 6-8". Snow must be measured on a flat, hard surface away from buildings to be accurate. As mentioned in my blog, there are no National Weather Service records for Sherman/Denison. There are a mish-mash of records from the Sherman water pumping station, the Denison Dam, and the current airport. I have the Forth Woth weather service office loking into finding snowfall records for Sherman; there may be some in existence but in the time that I have been here I haven't been able to locate them online or anywhere else. Thus, I am forced to "interpolate" as I described in the blog. Hopefully some records will eventually be found. The all-time record snowfall is most likely greater than 8": The record snowfalls on the Oklahoma side just north of Grayson County are in the 8-10" range and so are ones in Dallas. Take Care, Steve
  • by Man from Van Location: Van Alstyne on Mar 6, 2008 at 08:16 AM
    Over 5 inches at my home near Van Alstyne. It was beautiful.
  • by Lynn Location: Denison on Mar 6, 2008 at 05:58 AM
    Steve, Just wondering about snow in Sherman/Denison and have a few questions if you have the time: 1. What were the snowfall totals from Monday's storm? 2. I noticed on Accuweather that the weather records for Sherman on Monday showed only .46 of an inch of rain and no snowfall (none on Tuesday either). Where are the official records kept? We had about 1 3/4 inches of rain and just under 5 inches of snow where I live. 3. What's the single greatest snowfall in Sherman/Denison history? 4. What's the biggest yearly snowfall total that Sherman/Denison have received? 5. Finally, what's the average annual snowfall for Sherman/Denison? Thanks, Lynn/Denison
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