Alabama Blizzard of New Year’s Eve 1963…. Tuesday Update – 12:30pm


Good Tuesday afternoon! We look back 50 years ago today, as Alabama dealt with one of the most significant blizzards in recorded history. Snow totals ranged from 17 inches in Huntsville to 2 inches in Mobile. Much of west and central Alabama picked up totals of 3 to 17 inches, which shattered many snow fall records.

This system started as a cold airmass settled into the deep south. A surface low tracked across the northern Gulf of Mexico and northern Florida, with a deep upper level low passing over Alabama. The surface low pushed moisture under the deep upper level low, which caused a perfect setup for heavy snow. A very strong surface high over the northeast helped to push colder air into the system. The map above is from the National Weather Service in Huntsville… Here are some totals from that event:

Huntsville, 17″

Hamilton, 14″

Vernon, 12″

Rockford, 8.8″

Gadsden, 6″

Cullman, 9″

West Blocton, 3″

Fayette, 11″

Livingston, 12″

Greensboro, 6″

Birmingham, 8.4″

Jasper, 6″

Meridian, 15″

Clanton, 8″

Tuscaloosa, 2.7″

Coker, 6″

Mobile, 2″

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