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):
|Moss Lake (Cooke Co.)||9|
|Nocona (Montague Co.)||9|
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….