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Old 08-26-2008, 06:16 AM
 
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How much, if any, does Alabama get in snow? I was born up north so I don't mind snow. I used to live in Tennessee and we didn't get much snow....mostly ice in the winter. Is Alabama pretty much the same way?
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Old 08-26-2008, 06:57 AM
 
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I used to live in Tennessee and we didn't get much snow....mostly ice in the winter. Is Alabama pretty much the same way?
Pretty much. Here in North Alabama we get a couple flurries but that's it.
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:03 AM
 
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In 1993, we got TWO FEET in Birmingham. Mind you, that was a freakish event, unique in the state.

Typically, we might get a half-inch dusting every couple of years and 3-4 inches every five years. Everybody rushes to the grocery store, stocks up on bread and beer, and then hunkers down to party with the neighbors. About 40 weeks later, the maternity wards fill up.

Lest you think we're a bunch of lightweights, it's important to remember that there's no snow removal equipment in Alabama, simply because it's almost never needed. So it makes more sense to just wait things out. Usually, the snow has melted on the roads by noon anyway.
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:16 AM
 
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The Blizzard of 93 was rather interesting:>) As the only house with a working fireplace and plenty of wood on the block we got to know our neighbors.

Normally - a few flurries, lots of exitement, lines at the grocery store and that is it.
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:32 AM
 
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I had just moved to Knoxville in the summer of 1993 but I had heard of a bad storm in those parts. Tennessee didn't have all the snow removal equipment either so nobody went anywhere except us northerners who are used to driving on snow and ice. I think we were the only idiots out on the road when we had some bad weather. I figured Alabama probably didn't get snow too often.

I lived in Ft. Worth before moving to PA and on Valentine's Day in I think 2004 we got 5 inches of snow and you wouldn't believe adults and kids out building snowmen. I think the next day it warmed up and melted it all.
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:52 AM
 
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Its been my experience when folks from up north say snow, they mean snow. Down South, our snow usually turns into an ice storm. They ain't the same thing.
When you start hearing the pine limbs pop, you will understand the difference.
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:29 AM
 
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Its been my experience when folks from up north say snow, they mean snow. Down South, our snow usually turns into an ice storm. They ain't the same thing.
When you start hearing the pine limbs pop, you will understand the difference.
Thank you! I grew up with that sound and do not want to hear it again:>)
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:57 AM
 
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Most of Northern Alabama averages about 3 or 4 inches of snow a year. However, some years there will be little if any snow and other years there will be 5-10 inches of snow. The last few years have been below normal in terms of snowfall.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:13 AM
 
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Most of Northern Alabama averages about 3 or 4 inches of snow a year.
That is true for the very northern part (Tennessee Valley region), but it drops off pretty quickly as you go south.
For instance, Tuscaloosa is in the northern half the state, but the annual snowfall is just 0.6".
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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How much, if any, does Alabama get in snow? I was born up north so I don't mind snow. I used to live in Tennessee and we didn't get much snow....mostly ice in the winter. Is Alabama pretty much the same way?
Historical Climate Summaries for Alabama | Welcome - Southeast Regional Climate Center
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