MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Mid-South is digging out from the Snowstorm of 2021 Thursday morning, with anywhere between 2 and 6 inches falling across most of the area.
The Memphis airport at first reported 7.2 inches of snow, though those numbers were quickly revised down to 5.7 inches. However, that is still a daily record, WREG Weather Expert Todd Demers said.
Tupelo, Mississippi also set a daily record with 4.5 inches, and the weather station at the Agricenter saw a record 4.4 inches, he said.
Other snow totals included 6 inches in Lewisburg, Mississippi, 5 inches in Byhalia, Mississippi, 5.5 inches in Senatobia, Mississippi, 4 inches in Eads, Tennessee and 5 inches at Summer and White Station in Memphis, according to reports from the National Weather Service.
Wednesday’s event follows a first round of snow Monday. A Winter Storm Warning remained in effect for the entire area until 6 p.m. Thursday.
Demers said most of the snow flurries were over Thursday morning, though some areas may still see some flurries or mixed frozen precipitation.
City Public Works Director Robert Knecht, who is in charge of the snowplow and sand truck fleet that clears snow from many Memphis roads, said the city hadn’t experienced a snow event of this magnitude since the 1960s, at least.
Although daily records were set at some weather stations, Wednesday’s snow doesn’t even make the historical top 10 biggest snow events in Memphis history, according to memphisweather.blog.
The largest was 18 inches on March 17, 1892, followed by 17.3 inches from March 21-23, 1968.