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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published December 27 2012

Weather Talk: Christmas snowstorm in South notable but not unprecedented

The Christmas snowstorm that swept across Oklahoma, northern Texas and Arkansas was remarkable but not entirely unprecedented.

For example, in Little Rock, Ark., 9 inches of snow fell on Christmas Day, with another 1.3 inches early on Dec. 26, bringing the storm total to 10.3 inches. To have snow in the air or on the ground on Christmas Day in Little Rock is an occurrence that happens about every 10 years or so on average. There has been old snow on the ground four other times. Eight times there have been flurries on Christmas and measurable snow four previous times.

However, measurable snow on Christmas Day in Little Rock has not happened in a long time. The last time was 86 years ago, in 1926. The heavy snow fell in a band 10 to 14 inches deep across west-central, central and northeast Arkansas, and then spread northeast up the Ohio River Valley into places where having a white Christmas is not so unusual.

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