Weather Flashback: White Christmas 2009

Turn the weather clock back just a couple of years you’ll find a very white Christmas in the Texoma record books…for most anyway…in 2009.

However, it didn’t start wonderfully. Dec 24, 2009 saw blizzard warnings posted for parts of Texoma – very rare. Moderate to heavy snow was blown by howling north winds of 25-40mph, making for visibility near zero at times.

The intense snowfall made travel difficult especially along the I-35 corridor and points west. The maximum snow depth was measured along and west of a line from Sulphur…to Ardmore…to Gainesville. Widespread 5 to 9 inch totals were measured in this zone (see map below).

Further east, snow faded to less than an inch by the time you got to Bonham and Antlers. Paris received no snow.

Here are the snowfall totals for the Christmas Eve Snowstorm of 2009 (in inches):


Ada 3
Antlers 1/2
Ardmore 5
Atoka 1
Bonham dusting
Durant 2
Gainesville 5
Healdton 6
Hugo 1/2
Madill 3
Moss Lake (Cooke Co.) 9
Marietta 3
Nocona (Montague Co.) 9
Paris -0-
Ringling 6
Sherman-Denison 2
Sulphur 5
Tishomingo 2
Whitesboro 4



DFW….3” …Christmas Eve record

Oklahoma City: 14.1”… Snowiest December on record

   Snowfall ranged from very heavy west to moderate central and almost nothing east.

Christmas Day dawned breezy with cold temperatures in the 20s. Highs made it into the mid and upper 30s under winter sunshine, and there were lots of slushy yards by the end of the day.  Here's how the snow looked from space Christmas morning:

Highs got into the 40s on Dec 26 and most of the snow had faded away by the 27th.

It’s normal to have one or two snow or ice events every winter; some years see none and then we’ve seen a lot of it the past three seasons. Texoma’s average annual snowfall ranges from 4 inches south to 8 inches north.

I will begin posting blogs on the weather pattern taking shape for Christmas 2011 beginning December 15. Ten days out is about the time when a VERY rough idea of the pattern begins to take shape, so my lips are sealed until then….

Merry Christmas!

Steve LaNore

Chief Meteorologist






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  • by Steve LaNore Location: KXII-TV on Dec 12, 2011 at 04:20 PM
    Fonzie, Thanks for your note. We are in a "split flow" pattern where both the northern and southern branches of the jet are very active. This scenario is especially difficult to forecast more than a few days out; I see the cold result you are referring to but that's still over a week away. It bears watching but a similar scene was painted for this week on last week's output and it's not coming to pass.....bottom line it's just too far away to be specific but colder looks reasonable by the 20th...Take Care, Steve
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      by Fonzie on Dec 14, 2011 at 09:00 AM in reply to Steve LaNore
      You're exactly right Steve! Split Flow pattern is very tough indeed to forecast....Still looks potential for cold and snow around the 23rd on into the end of the year....But I know that is a long way out and things change every second...That huge trough out over the Pacific is still digging south and sure looks interesting though! Thanks Steve!
  • by Fonzie Location: Bugtussle on Dec 12, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    Hey Steve! Hope ur doing well! Looks VERY interesting from about the 22nd thru Christmas!!! I look forward to your take on it! Have a good one!
  • by James Location: Durant on Dec 11, 2011 at 12:06 AM
    Halo around the moon tonight. Winter storm on the way!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Springer on Dec 10, 2011 at 06:25 PM
    Come on Steve,please,just a small hint please!!!!!
  • by John Location: Denison on Dec 9, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    Awww come on SteveO....give us just a teeny tiny hint of what's to come.....white white white??? ;)
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