December 6, 2013

Notable icy blasts from the past in North Texas

A frigid Super Bowl, a foul Thanksgiving, snow-covered bluebonnets and even a bear are part of North Texas’ icy milestones.

Snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain aren’t common but they are no strangers to North Texas, just ask those guys who were tracking a bear in the white stuff on Dec. 25, 1841 in what is now Dallas.

Here’s a look at some notable icy blasts from the past 20 years:

Dec. 25, 2012: A strong upper-level system and cold front generated hail-producing thunderstorms and then a wintry mix of snow and sleet that complicated travel. Four to 6 inches of snow fell in Denton, Parker and Collin counties.

Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, 2011: The world watched this one as two potent winter storms put an icy blanket on Super Bowl festivities. Rain then sleet, snow and ice were capped with howling winds and temperatures in the teens. From 3/4 of an inch to 2 inches of ice and sleet were recorded. Temperatures stayed below freezing for 100 hours.

March 20-21, 2010: A strong and frigid storm system dropped heavy snow north of Interstate 20, dumping 5 to 9 inches across Collin County.

Feb. 23, 2010: Rain turned to snow with an average of 2 to 5 inches falling in southern areas of North Texas.

Feb. 11-12, 2010: A record-breaking snow buried North Texas with 14.4 inches in Haslet and 12.5 inches at DFW Airport in 24 hours. The heavy snow resulted in wide-spread power outages. Clean up from tree damage lasted for weeks.

Dec. 24, 2009: A powerful upper-level low on Christmas Eve brought near blizzard conditions with wind gusts up to 50 mph while snow was falling. Graham and Bowie recorded 6 to 9 inches and most of the Metroplex enjoyed a white Christmas.

March 6-7, 2008: A real rarity here: thundersnow. Decatur and Gainesville got 9 inches of snow and northern Tarrant County had up to 7 inches while much of Dallas-Fort Worth saw less than an inch.

April 7-8, 2007: Bluebonnets were blooming and snow was falling in many areas south of Interstate 20.

Feb. 24-27, 2003: A widespread freezing rain, sleet and snow event with 3 to 5 inches of snow and heavy ice in Central and Southeast Texas.

Dec. 31, 2000: A white New Year’s Eve with 1 to 3 inches of snow across North Texas.

Dec. 25-27, 2000: Freezing rain north of I-20 and up to 4 inches of ice in Montague County. A foot of snow closed Ranger Hill on Interstate 30 for three days.

April 5, 1996: Abundant rain and one of the heaviest April snowstorms on record. Sweetwater had 18 inches of snow.

Nov. 25, 1993: This was the first time wintry precipitation was recorded in DFW on Thanksgiving. Leon Lett’s “blizzard blunder” on a blocked field goal cost the Dallas Cowboys a sure win.

Source: National Weather Service

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