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In one way, the 2011 storm much bigger than "Blizzard of 93"

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - The "Blizzard of 93" is still the measuring stick for big snow storms in the Tennessee Valley. It is the biggest snow on record. But the "Storm of '11" will go down in history for another reason. It kept the ground white much longer.

Looking at National Weather Service official readings at Lovell Field, the 2011 snow has kept the ground white seven days and counting. Compare that to 1993 when the snow dipped below 2 inches by day five and was completely gone by day seven. One difference in 1993 is that spring-like temperatures melted the snow quicker:

  • March 12, 1993- 0.4" (Hi-48/Lo-36)-- Began snowing Friday night.
  • March 13, 1993- 18.1" (Hi-35/Lo-27)
  • March 14, 1993- 11.8" (Hi-32/Lo-20)
  • March 15, 1993- 7.1" (Hi-45/Lo-11)
  • March 16, 1993- 5.1" (Hi-49/Lo-37)
  • March 17, 1993- 1.2" (Hi-52/Lo-42)
  • March 18, 1993- 0.4" (Hi-51/Lo-34)
  • March 19, 1993- 0.0" (Hi- 53/Lo-34)

In 2011, cloudy skies and cold temperatures kept yards and roads whiter much longer.

  • January 9, 2011- Trace (Hi-33/Lo-17)-- Began snowing Sunday night.
  • January 10, 2011- 8.4" (Hi-31/Lo-25)
  • January 11, 2011- 6" (Hi-36/Lo-28)
  • January 12, 2011- 4" (Hi-29/Lo-23)
  • January 13, 2011- 4" (Hi-31/Lo-18)
  • January 14, 2011- 4" (Hi-40/Lo-13)
  • January 15, 2011- 2" (Hi-47/Lo-21)
  • January 16, 2011- 2" (Hi-TBD/Lo-32)

Remember these are official readings at Lovell Field in Chattanooga, according to the National Weather Service. Depths of snow will vary widely across the viewing area.

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