Thursday, December 09, 2010

History of Snowfall Events in North Florida

Once or twice every 10 years, Jacksonville averages a snow event. Typically, the snow amounts to nothing more than a few flurries.There have been times, though, that inches and even almost a foot of snow have accumulated.  As for snow this year, none is predicted in the long range forecast.

  • 1774: A snowstorm extends across much of the state. 
  • 1797: 8-inch snowdrifts near the source of the St. Marys River in Baker County.
  • January 11, 1800: Over 5 inches of snow; the highest recorded snowfall total in Jacksonville history.
  • January 13, 1852: Several hours of snow accumulates to a total of 0.5 inch in Jacksonville.
  • February 28, 1855: Light snow flurries are reported in Jacksonville.
  • January 29, 1868: Light sleet falls throughout the night in northeastern Florida.
  • February 28, 1869: During the morning hours, some snow flurries are reported in Jacksonville.
  • January 10, 1873: At 7:25 a.m., a few snowflakes fall near Jacksonville.
  • February 4 & 5, 1875: Light sleet occurs between midnight and sunrise on both dates.
  • January 4, 1879: For an hour and a half, sleet falls in Jacksonville before turning to rain. The rainfall covers grounds and trees with ice early on January 5, breaking the limbs of many orange trees.
  • December 27, 1892: Light snow falls in various intervals in the northeastern portion of the state.
  • January 18, 1893: Falling sleet turns to snow before later changing to rain in Jacksonville.
  • February 14, 1895: Two short durations of light snow are reported in Jacksonville.
  • February 12 & 13, 1899: Rain changes to sleet and later turns to snow during the Great Blizzard of 1899, with the snow falling for about 8 hours. With temperatures of about 10°F (−12°C), the snow accumulates to 2 inches near Jacksonville. In some locations, the snow remains on the ground for several days.
  • December 16, 1901: Light snow is reported in Jacksonville.
  • February 7, 1907: Downtown Jacksonville receives light snow flurries in the early afternoon.
  • November 27, 1912: An overnight period of snow covers the ground and trees with a 0.5-inch layer in northern Florida.  
  • February 2, 1951: Snowfall begins and ends the following day, accumulating to about 2 inches.
  • December 14, 1952: Sleet and snow falls across the northern portion of the state, though there is very little accumulation.
  •  March 2, 1980: A quarter of an inch of snow covers car tops and patio furniture in Jacksonville.
  • March 1, 1986: 0.5 inch of snow accumulates overnight in Jacksonville before melting within 30 minutes due to the morning sun.
  • December 23, 1989: Light rain in Jacksonville turns to freezing rain as temperatures drop, and later changes to snow. The snow totals several inches in some locations, and results in the first White Christmas in the city's history.
  • January 8-9, 2010: Very light dusting of snow seen in the eastern Jacksonville area. 


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