Top Ten Snow Storms In Detroit

Detroit (WWJ) – On February 2nd, more than 7.5 inches of snow fell at the National Weather Service monitoring station in Romulous. Find out how the recent storm stacks up compared to the heaviest snow storms in the Detroit area since 1886.

Only one storm in the last ten years has made the top 10 heaviest storms when 12.2 inches fell January 22-23 in 2005.

  1. 24.5 inches April 6, 1886
  2. 19.3 inches December 1 – 2, 1974
  3. Tie: 14.0 inches March 4 – 5, 1900 and February 28  –  March 1, 1900 
  4. 13.8 inches December 18 – 19, 1929
  5. 12.8 inches February 12 – 13, 1894
  6. 12.6 inches February 19, 1908 
  7. 12.5 inches January 31  –  February 1, 1881
  8. Tie: 12.3 inches on February 9, 1911 and March 3 – 4, 1895
  9. 12.2 inches January 22-23, 2005
  10. 12.1 inches January 13-14, 1927

Data courtesy of the National Weather Service.

  • Ken

    So much for Al Gore and Global Warming alarmists. Just look at the data. Most of these storms were like 100 years ago on avg. So his new theory that this latest weather event is climate change is also wrong. Climate change is just that. In Michigan we call it seasons. Look at #3 two 14 inch storms with in days. wow! The current data if you do look into it shows we are in a cooling trend so watch for more winters like this one. It has been cooling for a decade. But don’t start with the ice age stuff you just scare the uninformed.

    • Jared

      You realize that the World does not just consist of Metro Detroit. Did you know Canada is having one of their warmest winters to date this year? Ken in short your in idiot.

  • Scot

    How about Jan 2, 1998 I believe it was. We had about 24″ of snow then.

    • DEW530

      I think it actually was New Year’s Day 1999, but you might be right about it being the 2nd. We got about 19″ in Canton. It took us most of the day to dig out. Fortunately, one of our neighbors at the time had a super-duty snowblower, and he helped everyone. Amazing!

  • Ken

    Yes you are right. I remember planes being stuck on the tarmack at metro airport for 10 hours. What ever happened to that storm. It maybe though it was day after day building up & not all at once?

  • J O

    Was CA suppose to be under water in 2009 Al?

  • Joan

    How large was the storm in Feb or March 1965? I remember it to be very deep, but possibly it was two consecutive storms that added up to be chest-high.

  • J.J.

    The 1999 storm was worse than the 2005 storm, Im in the downriver area and we got at least 15 inches here in 1999, i mean the drifts were above the fences in my backyard, 5-7 foot drifts, ive been here since 1991 and thats the only time thats happened. I was a senior in high school and didnt have school for 4 days, so i dont know why thats not on there. There was another storm in January of 1992 with over a foot also. I dont find this list to be quite accurate.

  • Fred

    wondering if every one forgot about 1977 when we got 22″ of snow and it shut down all freeways and cities and towns all across southeastern Michigan

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