The Massive Oklahoma Blizzard Of February 2011 Will Never Be Forgotten

Oklahoma sees a variety of temperatures throughout the year and you never quite know what to expect. February can be particularly odd, as our state has seen record highs near 100 degrees (Yes, it’s true!). So, it’s hard to imagine just 6 years ago we had record amounts of snowfall in parts of the state in that same month. On February 1, 2011 the state took the brunt of a snowstorm that put it in the spotlight for winter weather. If you lived in the Sooner State during this time, then you’ll remember the treacherous conditions that were almost impossible to navigate. Here’s a look back at the 2011 Oklahoma blizzard that will never be forgotten. It’s perhaps the largest blizzard in Oklahoma, though the state seems to enjoy topping itself come the chilly winter season.

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Here’s a look at the whiteout conditions of the 2011 blizzard in Oklahoma City:

 

Our state is known for its crazy weather, including what may have been the largest blizzard in Oklahoma. Speaking of storms, have you seen the footage from the largest tornado in history? It happened right here in Oklahoma and you can see it here.

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Largest Blizzard In Oklahoma

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When was the biggest blizzard in Oklahoma?

The biggest blizzard in Oklahoma occurred from January 31st to February 1st in 2011. It was when up to 21 inches of snow fell on the northeastern side of the state, and wind gusts were found to reach up to 40 miles per hours during the heart of the storm. The city of Tulsa itself broke the record for the most snow in February, with 14 inches blanketing the entire city in a solid layer of ice. It catapulted the state into a late winter and smashed earlier blizzard and snowfall records with its sudden and continued intensity.

What is the most snow ever recorded in Oklahoma?

The Oklahoma record for the most snowfall in a twenty-four-hour period was set in the city of Spavinaw on February 9th, 2011. Increasingly chilly temperatures and the introduction of wintry weather sent 27 inches down on the town. The entire state also experienced record snowfall that year, and 2011 has come to be known as the 3rd snowiest year in the entire state with the month of February ranking as the #1 snowiest.

What is winter weather in Oklahoma typically like?

Oklahoma tends to experience incredibly cold winters with quite a bit of wind and snow. This, of course, is a direct correlation from their hot and muggy summers, which means the state experiences weather extremes on both sides of the spectrum. Although weather averages tend to stick between 30°F to 94°F during the year, it will rarely spike or dip above or below 17°F and 102°F. It will snow every winter, with an average snowfall of 7.6″.

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