Here is a recap of some of the most significant winter storms in the United States during 2018.
With snow up to 22 inches in Maine and wind gust up to 76 MPH in Massachusetts, this storm threw a mighty punch to welcome in the new year!
January 12-13, 2018 – Winter Storm dumps up to 14 inches of snow in Tennessee and Ohio Valleys to Lower Great Lakes and New England
Snow maxed out at 14.2 inches in New York, but its effects were felt throughout the Great Lakes region, and its impact reached all the way down to Arkansas and as far West as Missouri.
While many Midwestern and Northeastern states were impacted by this storm, North Carolina received up to 12 inches of snow which is unusual for that state.
This storm left a ton of snow in its wake, dumping its contents on almost all the Northern and Central states. Colorado and Nevada topped the charts with up to 18 inches of snow while Minnesota and Nebraska were tied the champion of the Midwest shoveling out from under up to 17 inches. Maine led the rankings in the Northeast with up to 8 inches of snow from this storm.
This little gift to the snow removal industry dumped over a foot of snow in multiple states. It started producing significant snow as far west as Nebraska, and it built up steam as it marched northeast.
February 9-10, 2018 – Central Plains to Northeast Winter Storm
Saving most of its punch for the Midwest, this storm dumped up to 15 inches of snow throughout the Midwest but then had a last little hurrah by leaving almost 22 inches of snow in Lorraine, New York.
Dumping almost 10 inches of rain in Mississippi, this winter storm reached out to the north and started to leave freezing rain farther north, extending all the way to New York.
With gusts up to 93 MPH, this early March storm left up to 39 inches of snow in New York and almost 24 inches of snow in some locations within Pennsylvania. Most of the significant snowfalls stayed further north, not affecting states south of Michigan, Pennsylvania, or New York beyond a few inches. This storm also brought rain, which complicated cleanup efforts.
Leaving up to 20 inches in western states and up to 14 inches in midwestern states, this storm was able to whip up the falling snow with gusts of wind that stretched out to 74 MPH.
Up to 3 feet of snow fell from Virginia to Maine with Vermont accepting the honor of Grand Snow Champion this storm boasting or 36.0 inches in Woodford, Vermont.
Touching as far down as Georgia and as far west as Missouri, the greatest punch happened in the northeastern states gracing the ground 20-30 inches of snow in the upper Northeast.
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Occurring early spring, this holdout storm did not read the calendar and brought about 6-15 inches of snow from Tennessee to states both north and east. New York was able to bring in totals up to 20 inches from this storm with both Maryland and Pennsylvania seeing up to 16 inches.
Mason City, Iowa found itself under 17.5 inches of snow from this storm that reached from Montana to Virginia and North Carolina. Most snowfall measurements were in the 6-16 inches range.
While late in the season for some, this end of March storm brought up to 11 inches in Wisconsin, up to 12 inches in Minnesota, and up to 11 inches in Michigan. It was a fast-moving storm, only dumping its white contents on the US for a single day.
With up to a foot of snow, this storm proved to be the “season opener” to the winter for many states, bringing up to 12 inches of snow and affecting many states.
Gusts of wind up to 80 MPH blew in this storm that dumped up to 60 inches of snow in Wyoming, up to 17 inches in midwestern states, and up to 28 inches in the Northeast.
Touching everything from Florida to Maine, and dumping up to 12 inches of rain or up to 17 inches of snow, this storm that started out in Montana built up steam and pounded states as it went by.
The heaviest snowfall North Carolina has seen in a long time, this storm was noted for dumping snow further south than most people are used to seeing. North Carolina saw up to 34 inches of snow, South Carolina received as much as 11 inches of snow, Texas picked up as much as 10 inches of snow, and not to be left out, Virginia picked up as much as 24 inches of snow. This storm touched as far west as New Mexico collecting up to 5 inches of snow, as far south as Georgia with up to 8 inches of snow, and as far north as Maryland with a paltry 6 inches or less of snowfall.