Columbia - Extreme Daily Snowfall for Each Year

Here's a list of yearly records for the heaviest snowfalls and snowiest days in Columbia, South Carolina. The information easily answers questions such as: How much snow fell in a day during the biggest snowstorm of 2019? When was the last time Columbia got more than half a foot of snow in a single day?

This page gives the highest daily snowfall of each year in Columbia and the date it occurred. If a date has a plus sign beside it that means the same amount of snow also fell on at least one other day earlier in the year.

These records go back to 1930. Since then, the most amount of snow to land in one day at Columbia is 12.3 inches (31.2 centimetres) on February 10, 1973.

Since 1948 the snowfall extremes were measured at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Before then, the weather station was in downtown Columbia.

Most snow to fall in one day during recent years in Columbia, SC
Inches Date Centi­metres
0.0 December 31, 2021 + 0.0
0.0 December 31, 2020 + 0.0
0.0 December 31, 2019 + 0.0
trace January 17, 2018 + trace
0.1 January 07, 2017 0.3
trace February 09, 2016 + trace
trace February 24, 2015 + trace
2.1 February 12, 2014 5.3
trace November 21, 2013 + trace
trace March 24, 2012 trace
3.0 January 10, 2011 7.6
8.6 February 12, 2010 21.8
Highest daily snowfall recorded at Columbia, SC each year
Inches Date Centi­metres
trace March 02, 2009 + trace
0.3 January 16, 2008 0.8
0.2 February 01, 2007 0.5
trace November 21, 2006 + trace
trace July 28, 2005 + trace
0.4 February 26, 2004 1.0
3.4 January 23, 2003 8.6
4.3 January 02, 2002 10.9
trace May 12, 2001 + trace
4.3 January 24, 2000 10.9
0.5 February 24, 1999 1.3
trace December 24, 1998 + trace
trace January 19, 1997 trace
0.5 February 16, 1996 1.3
trace February 14, 1995 + trace
0.0 December 31, 1994 + 0.0
2.3 December 23, 1993 5.8
0.7 January 19, 1992 1.8
0.4 January 24, 1991 1.0
trace April 28, 1990 trace
3.7 February 23, 1989 9.4
4.3 January 07, 1988 10.9
0.8 January 27, 1987 2.0
0.0 December 31, 1986 + 0.0
trace January 28, 1985 + trace
trace February 28, 1984 + trace
0.4 March 24, 1983 1.0
3.3 January 14, 1982 8.4
trace December 21, 1981 + trace
4.1 March 02, 1980 10.4
5.5 February 18, 1979 14.0
0.5 February 09, 1978 1.3
trace January 31, 1977 + trace
trace November 14, 1976 + trace
trace February 03, 1975 trace
0.0 December 31, 1974 + 0.0
12.3 February 10, 1973 31.2
0.0 December 31, 1972 + 0.0
1.7 March 25, 1971 4.3
1.8 January 23, 1970 4.6
0.7 February 15, 1969 1.8
1.3 January 12, 1968 3.3
3.4 February 09, 1967 8.6
0.7 January 26, 1966 1.8
1.0 January 30, 1965 2.5
0.0 December 31, 1964 + 0.0
trace December 23, 1963 + trace
trace March 06, 1962 + trace
1.4 January 26, 1961 3.6
2.8 March 11, 1960 7.1
1.0 March 02, 1959 2.5
8.8 December 11, 1958 22.4
trace December 11, 1957 + trace
trace March 20, 1956 + trace
1.7 January 23, 1955 4.3
trace January 24, 1954 trace
trace April 13, 1953 + trace
trace November 22, 1952 + trace
trace April 02, 1951 + trace
trace December 28, 1950 + trace
trace April 09, 1949 + trace
0.1 February 10, 1948 + 0.3
0.0 December 31, 1947 + 0.0
trace January 16, 1946 trace
trace December 18, 1945 trace
1.3 January 09, 1944 3.3
1.8 December 15, 1943 4.6
trace December 16, 1942 + trace
trace March 14, 1941 + trace
1.2 January 23, 1940 3.0
trace November 25, 1939 + trace
trace November 26, 1938 + trace
trace March 27, 1937 trace
6.2 January 30, 1936 15.7
4.0 December 22, 1935 10.2
0.1 February 10, 1934 0.3
1.0 January 13, 1933 2.5
3.5 March 09, 1932 8.9
trace December 08, 1931 + trace
1.4 December 17, 1930 3.6
Reference

Jay Lawrimore. 2016. Global Summary of the Year, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 

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