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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published January 28 2014

Weather Talk: Snowstorms, though rare, do happen in Deep South

During cold air outbreaks like this week, when the cold air penetrates deep into the southern United States, it is not unusual for snowstorms to happen in places not used to snow.

Heavy snow is uncommon anywhere in the Deep South, but it is not unprecedented. There is a record of heavy snow falling from Jacksonville, Fla., to Charleston, S.C., in January 1800. Savannah, Ga., reported 18 inches with 3-foot drifts. In February 1895, snow flurries fell on Tampico, Mexico, and 1 to 2 feet fell across Galveston, Texas, to New Orleans. One to 2 feet fell in February 1973 from Macon, Ga., to Columbia, S.C. Birmingham, Ala., got 13 inches in March 1993.

Such storms happen rarely, but they do happen.


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