The history of snow in Chattanooga, TN

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Raise your hand if you remember Chattanooga’s great snowfall of 1993. 🙋

ICYMI (or were just a wee little snowflake at the time), here’s what happened: On March 12, 1993, Chattanoogans prepared to experience the “Storm of the Century” that eventually began later that evening and ended up closing down half the city, bringing in 20 inches of fresh powder in total.

While the day did bring its fair share of grief with 65,000 homes in the region losing electricity + many motorists being trapped in their cars, it’s certain that residents also came together during the snowfall with some radio personalities pulling 72-hour shifts to offer information and help + one instance in which community members carried a pregnant woman on a sled for a quarter-mile to help get her to the ambulance that wasn’t able to reach her home. 

Here are some more snowtable fast facts about Chattanooga’s relationship with snow days: 

❄️ Other heavy snowfalls Chattanooga experienced: 

  • 11 in. of snow, March 1927
  • 10.2 in. of snow, January 1988
  •  8.7 in. of snow, February 1960

❄️ The snowiest calendar months on average for Chattanooga: 

  • Jan. | 1.7 in.
  • Feb. | 0.6 in. 
  • March | 1.2 in.

❄️ The earliest snowfall Chattanooga experienced: 

  • Trace amounts of snow, November 1991 

❄️ The latest snowfall Chattanooga experienced: 

  • 4.1 in. of snow, April 1910

And before you start Instacarting the milk, bread, and eggs this year (for milk + egg sandwiches?), know that this season’s weather doesn’t call for much more snow (we technically already had our first dusting on Nov. 30), with NewsChannel 9’s David Glenn leaning toward “average snowfall chances.” And, according to the same NewsChannel 9 winter outlook, the Farmers Almanac and the Old Farmers Almanac contain two different predictions, while old folklore winter signals also provide a variety of suggestions.  

Our best advice: bundle up, turn your PJs inside out, and be thankful if we get the chance to build snowmen this year. ⛄