Flint’s Top 10 Heaviest Snow Storms on Record
As we are sitting right on the 44th anniversary of the "Blizzard of '78", one of the most severe snowstorms to hit the United States ever, we thought we would take a look at the biggest snowstorms to ever hit the Flint area.
Interesting enough, when you look at the top ten heaviest snowstorms to hit the Flint area, the blizzard in 1978 isn't one of them. Although the storm that tore through Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and southeastern Wisconsin over the course of three days that January, dumped as much as 28 inches in some areas across the state, Flint only received about 9 inches of the white stuff.
Even though Flint escaped the "big one", the area has had its fair share of big storms. Although the general area isn't considered part of Michigan's Snowbelt regions, like the Northwest side of the state, and northern Michigan, we still have measured some serious snow over the years.
Looking Back at the Blizzard of '78 in Michigan
According to Mid-Michigan-Now Cheif Meteorologist Ahmad Bajjey, records with the National Weather Service on measurable snowstorms go back to 1921. With storms ranging from 1923 to 2014, and occurring as late in the season as May, here are Flint's Top 10 Heaviest Snowstorms;
- 22.7 inches January 26-27, 1967
- 17.3 inches April 2-3, 1975
- 17.1 inches January 4-5, 2014
- 14.0 inches December 11-12, 2000
- 13.7 inches March 16-17, 1973
- 13.4 inches November 6-7, 1951
- 12.9 inches February 24-25,1965
- 12.5 inches January 13-14, 1979
- 12.1 inches December 18-19, 1929
- 12.0 inches May 9, 1923
*data per NWS via Ahmad Bajjey
According to Bajjey, the snowiest winter on record for our area was 2017-2018. The way 2022 has been dealing the "you've got to be kidding me" cards, this may be the year to break that record. (Insert sarcasm here.)