Winter Storms



This page highlights winter storm events in Columbus history. As these events are widespread across the area, any accumulation totals within the Metro Area will be included. The events are listed by type and in chronological order. Links to event pages will be given if available. Otherwise, there will be short descriptions with known accumulations for the events.

**Last Updated: 12/16//2019.

Snowstorms and Blizzards
This section includes all events that were mostly or entirely snow.

November 11-12, 2019: An early season storm brought rain changing to snow, leaving 1-4″ across the area.
March 3, 2019: 1-3″ across the northern part of the metro. See details here: https://www.weather.gov/iln/20190303
February 1, 2019: A snowstorm brought widespread 3-6″ amounts across the metro area. See details here: https://www.weather.gov/iln/20190201
January 19, 2019: A strong low pressure in the Tennessee Valley brought 3-6″ through the metro area.
See details here: https://www.weather.gov/iln/20190119
January 12-13, 2019: A strong, but quickly weakening clipper system brought heavy snow along and south of I-70. See details here: https://www.weather.gov/iln/20190112
March 21, 2018: A low brought light accumulations through the area. See details here: https://www.weather.gov/iln/20180321
March 8, 2018: Snow squalls affected the area. See details here: https://www.weather.gov/iln/20180308
January 15, 2018: A 2-part snow event brought general light to moderate accumulations to the region. See details here: https://www.weather.gov/iln/20180115
January 12-13, 2018: A low moving northeast through the Virginias brought heavy snow along and east of I-71. See details here: https://www.weather.gov/iln/20180112
March 7-8, 2008: Columbus’ biggest single snowstorm of all time began around 9AM on the 7th and continued through the late afternoon on the 8th as a low pressure system ran up the spine of the Appalachians. At the airport, a record 5″ fell on the 7th and a record 15.5″ fell on the 8th, the highest for any single day on record. The total of 20.5″ is the most snow for any storm on record, beating February 14-17, 2003’s 15.3″.
January 22, 2000: A clipper system moving southeast brought 1-4″ through the Columbus area.
January 19-20, 2000: A strong clipper system dropped east-southeast through southern Indiana into Kentucky, bringing heavy snow along and south of I-70. 4-6″ was common through the Columbus area. See details here: https://www.weather.gov/iln/20000120
January 6-7, 1996: Ohio was on the fringes of the Blizzard of 1996, which developed along the Gulf Coast and moved up the Atlantic Seaboard. A upper low in the Ohio Valley helped to pump moisture back into the state, causing heavy snow from the night of the 6th through the 7th. Totals across Central and Southern parts of the state were generally 6-12″, including 9″ at the Columbus airport, though totals approaching 20″ occurred near the Ohio River. Strong wind gusts of 30-50 MPH during the storm caused blizzard conditions at times. This was generally considered the worst winter storm since the Blizzard of 1978.
January 2-3, 1996: Low pressure in the Tennessee valley passed southeast of Ohio, bringing snow along and north of I-70. 4″-7″ was common through Central Ohio, with about 5″ at Port Columbus.

Ice Storms
This section includes all events that were mostly or entirely freezing rain or sleet.

November 15, 2018: An early season ice storm brought up to a quarter-inch of ice accumulations into the metro area, causing minor damage to trees and power lines. See details here: https://www.weather.gov/iln/20181115

Mixed Events
This section includes all events that featured significant periods of mixed precipitation for at least parts of the metro area and were not a single precipitation type for most of the event.

February 20, 2019: A surfaced low moved from the Plains northeast into the Ohio Valley, bringing with it a mixed-bag of precipitation, with the ice-snow dividing line set up in the typical location of I-75/I-70. Heavy snow fell north of the line with light ice and heavy rain to the south. See details here: https://www.weather.gov/iln/20190220
February 7, 2018: A low pressure brought 3-5″ of snow to the north and more than a quarter inch of ice to the south of the region. See details here: https://www.weather.gov/iln/20180207