Thundersnow

Independence, MO

February 24 to 25, 1993



Snow fell for 24 hours from noon on the 24th to early afternoon on the 25th. The snow was very light and grainy through mid evening with only an inch of snow accumulating by 10 PM. This was just not good enough if the storm, which was anticipated several days earlier, was to own up to what it promised. That's right. It's the storm's fault, not mine.

Then salvation. At 11:30 PM, a flash of lighting followed closely by a muffled rumble of thunder. Occasional thunder continued to 2:15 AM the 25th producing brief 10 to 15 min periods of heavy snow. Moderate to heavy snow continued for the rest of the night and into the mid morning. Snow accumulated 1 to 2 inches an hour at times, especially during the hours featuring thunder and then again between 6 AM and 9 AM.

Total accumulation 13.0 inches.

This storm was not associated with a strong surface low pressure system but elevated instability and loads of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico were enough to get the job done.