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Snow Climatology for
Southeast Texas & Southwest Louisiana

 

All Measurable Snowfalls (1895-2010)
  Alexandria

Beaumont/Port Arthur

Lake Charles Lafayette New Iberia
1 Feb 12-13, 1960 9.1" Feb 14-15, 1895 30.0" Feb 14-15, 1895 22.0" Feb 14-15, 1895 14.0" Feb 14-15, 1895 13.5"
2 Jan 23, 1940 8.2" Feb 12-13, 1960 4.4" Feb 12-13, 1960 5.0" Feb 12-13, 1960 4.7" Feb 25, 1914 3.5"
3 Feb 13-15, 1895 8.0" Jan 11, 1973 3.0" Jan 11, 1973 4.0" Feb 25, 1914 4.0" Feb 11-12, 1899 3.0"
4 Dec 29, 1901 8.0" Feb 12, 1958 2.9" Jan 23, 1940 3.4" Jan 30, 1949 3.1" Feb 12-13, 1960 3.0"
5 Jan 30, 1949 6.7" Jan 23, 1940 2.5" Jan 22, 1935 3.0" Feb 12, 1958 3.0" Feb 12-13, 1958 2.6"
6 Dec 22, 1929 5.0" Dec 22, 1929 2.0" Jan 30, 1949 2.4" Jan 22, 1940 2.5" Jan 30, 1949 2.1"
7 Jan 22, 1935 5.0" Jan 30, 1949 1.8" Jan 23, 1948 2.0" Jan 23, 1948 2.2" Jan 11, 1918 1.0"
8 Jan 23, 1948 4.5" Dec 11, 2008 1.8" Feb 7, 1988 1.6" Jan 22, 1935 2.0" Jan 11, 1973 1.0"
9 Jan 10-12, 1973 4.0" Mar 22, 1968 1.4" Feb 12, 1958 1.2" Feb 9, 1973 2.0" Dec 11, 2008 0.8"
10 Feb 11-12, 2010 3.0" Jan 23, 1948 1.3" Jan 19, 1978 1.0" Feb 12, 1899 1.5" Dec 22, 1989 0.5"
11 Feb 4, 1923 3.0" Jan 31, 1951 0.8" Jan 31-Feb 1, 1951 0.6" Jan 11, 1973 1.5" Feb 1, 1951 0.4"
12 Feb 16, 1899 3.0" Dec 22, 1989 0.7" Dec 11, 2008 0.4" Dec 11, 2008 1.0"    
13 Feb 10, 1899 3.0" Feb 2, 1980 0.7" Feb 23, 1968 0.3" Jan 12, 1918 1.0"  
14 Jan 23-24, 1958 2.6" Jan 3, 1985 0.4" Jan 18, 1940 0.3" Feb 7, 1988 0.5"
15 Jan 20, 1978 2.0" Feb 17, 1973 0.4" Dec 4, 2009 0.2" Feb 12, 2010 0.4"
16 Jan 30-Feb 1,1951 1.9" Feb 7, 1988 0.2" Dec 22, 1989 0.2" Dec 4, 2009 0.3"
17 Dec 2, 1896 1.0" Jan 13, 1982 0.2" Jan 13, 1982 0.2" Jan 23, 1926 0.2"
18 Jan 26, 1897 1.0"        
19 Dec 10, 1898 1.0"
20 Feb 12, 1899 1.0"
21 Jan 28, 1904 1.0"
22 Jan 3, 1985 1.0"
23 Feb 23, 1901 0.8"
24 Dec 4, 2009 0.2"
25 Feb 11, 1963 0.2"

 

Earliest Measurable Snowfall (1895-2010)

Location

Date

Amount

Alexandria LA

Dec 2, 1896

1.0"

Beaumont/Port Arthur TX

Dec 11, 2008

1.8"

Lake Charles LA

Dec 4, 2009

0.2"

Lafayette LA

Dec 4, 2009

0.3"

New Iberia LA

Dec 11, 2008 

0.8"

 

Climate Normal Snowfall by Month (1971-2000)

Location

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Alexandria LA 0.2" 0" 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Beaumont/Port Arthur TX 0.1" 0.1" 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lake Charles LA 0.2" 0.1" 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lafayette LA 0.1" 0.1" 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Iberia LA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Monthly Average Snowfall (1895-2009)

Location

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Alexandria LA 0.3" 0.1" 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2"
Beaumont/Port Arthur TX 0.1" 0.1" 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lake Charles LA 0.2" 0.1" 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lafayette LA 0.1" 0.3" 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Iberia LA 0 0.3" 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1"

 

Total Measurable Snowfalls by Month (1895-2010)

Location

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Alexandria LA 11 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Beaumont/Port Arthur TX 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Lake Charles LA 9 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Lafayette LA 7 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
New Iberia LA 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

 

 

Most Measurable Snowfalls in One Season (July-June)

Location

Total Measurable Snowfalls Year
Alexandria LA 4 1898/1899
Beaumont/Port Arthur TX 2 1973
Lake Charles LA 1 several
Lafayette LA 2 1973/2010
New Iberia LA 1 several

 

 

Measurable Snowfall Averages (1895-2010)

Location

Total Measurable Snowfalls Average Measurable Snowfall Occurrence Most Likely Month
for Measurable Snow
Alexandria LA 25 Once every 4.6 years January
Beaumont/Port Arthur TX 17 Once every 6.76 years January
Lake Charles LA 17 Once every 6.76 years January
Lafayette LA 17 Once every 6.76 years February
New Iberia LA 11 Once every 10.45 years February

 

Historical Snowfall Pictures

February 4, 1923 December 22, 1929 January 22, 1935 January 23, 1940
1923 Alexandria Snow image
Alexandria, LA
(photo from RP Library)
Dec 21, 1929 Alexandria Snow image
Alexandria, LA
(photo from RP Library)
Jan 22, 1935 Alexandria Snow image
Alexandria, LA
(photo from RP Library)
January 23, 1940 Cottonport Snow image
Cottonport, LA
February 12-13, 1960
Feb 12-13, 1960 Beaumont Snow image
Beaumont, TX
(photo from Glen Campbell)
February 12-13, 1960 Orange Snow image
Orange, TX
   
December 11, 2008
Dec 11, 2008 Snow image
Lake Charles, LA