Does Memphis TN ever get snow

Statistically, Memphis receives an average of 3 inches of snow per year. This amount is spread out over the duration of winter and can include several different snowfalls.

The average snowfall in January is 2 inches and the average snowfall in February is 1 inch while there is so little snow that it is not the average snowfall for the other 10 months.


Many longtime Memphis residents hold that the city used to receive more snow than it does today. Theories explain why that is global warming would occur, the idea that the Mississippi River bluffs deflect the snow, and the "pyramid theory" which suggests that the Bass Pro Pyramid deflects snowstorms coming from the west. The latter remains unproven and is highly unlikely.

The two largest snowfalls in Memphis history actually occurred decades ago, to give some credibility to the notion that the city used to see more snow. The first of these snowfalls occurred between March 16 and 17, 1892, and a full 18 inches of snow was deposited on the ground. The second occurred on March 22, 1968, when the city ended with an impressive 16.5 inches of snow.

What to know about Memphis snow

While Memphis cannot receive anywhere near the national average snowfall (which is 25 inches per year), then it is more likely that the city will experience several days of winter precipitation like ice, sleet, and freezing rain each year. You can certainly expect some winter weather and freezing cold days several times during the year.

In 1994, Memphis was struck by a major ice storm that caused great damage to trees and power lines, leaving more than 300,000 people without power for days and, in some cases, weeks.

Stay safe in the Memphis snow

When snow or ice is forecast for Memphis, the city turns quickly. So make sure you go to a grocery store beforehand and pick up emergency supplies like bottled water and non perishable foods. Memphis power grid is above the ground making it prone to snow and ice. So bring batteries and flashlights in case the power goes out.

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