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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Snowiest December Day on Record Happened 65 Years Ago Today

The snowiest December day on record in Bridgeport happened 65 years ago today. Sixteen inches of snow fell on Sunday, December 19, 1948. It is one of only two days in December with double-digit snowfall. The other was December 30, 2000, when 10 inches fell.

Take a look at the front page of the Naugatuck Daily News from the following morning, Monday, December 20, 1948. Please click the image to enlarge and read the story.


First Snowstorm of 2009-2010 Winter Season Arrived Four Years Ago Today

The first major snowstorm of 2009-2010 blasted southwestern Connecticut four years ago today, with some local communities receiving close to a foot of snow. Fortunately, the storm arrived late Saturday evening, December 19, 2009, giving most people ample time to prepare well in advance. The highest snow totals were recorded across southeastern Connecticut, while parts of Litchfield County saw nothing more than a trace of snow.

Here is a look at snowfall totals from across the region from December 19 and 20, 2009:
  • Darien: 10.5"
  • New Canaan: 10.3"
  • Milford: 10"
  • Bridgeport: 9"
  • Fairfield: 9"
  • Norwalk: 8"
  • Woodbridge: 7.5"
Officially, at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford, six inches of snow fell Saturday, and 3.2 inches accumulated Sunday, December 20, 2009, for a total of 9.2 inches. The snow happened one day before the Winter Solstice. Over a foot of snow (13.4") was recorded at the airport in December 2009, including two inches on December 9, and just over two inches on New Year's Eve day.


The normal average snowfall for December is 3.6 inches, based on 40 years of averages, or climatology. The snowiest December day on record in southwestern Connecticut happened December 19, 1948, when 16 inches blanketed the region. You may recall that two years ago, a foot of snow fell from December 26 through December 27, triggering one of the snowiest periods in recent memory. You may also recall the Winter storm of December 30, 2000, when ten inches fell.

No snowstorms are in sight through the next seven days. However, today will be cloudy and mild with periods of rain and patchy fog with daytime high temperatures in the 50s. Tonight will become partly cloudy, blustery, and colder with lows near 20. Tomorrow will be partly sunny with a period of light snow by afternoon and a high in the mid 30s. Christmas Day will be mostly sunny and cold with a high in the upper 20s to close to 30 degrees.