The 10 Most Epic Snowstorms El Paso Has Ever Seen
El Paso winters are typically more delightful than frightful. Hey, they don't call us The Sun City for nothing.
But that doesn't mean we don't get some wild weather up in here. We had record-setting snowfall two years ago. A powerful storm system moved into the area on Christmas Day 2015 , the full effect of which was not felt until the following day.
Light rain began changing into snow during the second half of the Sun Bowl game and continued through the evening. By the following morning, 8.1 inches of snow had fallen. As epic as that was, those 8 inches were only good enough for 5th on El Paso's All Time Heavy Snowfall Events List.
The most snowfall on record took place over a two day period in 1987. It started falling on December 13, and by the time the super-storm dissipated on December 14, 22.4 inches of snow -- almost two feet -- had accumulated.
The only other storm to ever bring us more than a foot of snow happened in April of 1983. It snowed off and on from April 4 to April 7, and by the time it was all said and done El Paso had received 16.5 inches.
That’s a crazy amount anytime of the year, but this happened in April! In El Paso! Did I mention it was over a foot of snow in a month when we typically see temps in the mid to upper 70's, and sand or dust storms are way more likely!
Here Are the 10 Most Epic Snowstorms in El Paso History
#1 - 22.4 inches December 13-14, 1987
#2 - 16.5 inches April 4-7, 1983
#3 - 8.6 inches December 8-10, 1960
#4 - 8.4 inches November 18-19, 1906
#5T - 8.1 inches December 26-27 2015
#5T - 8.1 inches February 2, 1956
#6 - 7.8 inches November 13-14, 1961
#7 - 7.7 inches November 24-25, 2007
#8 - 7.3 inches March 11-12, 1958
#9 - 7.1 inches December 7-8, 1951
#10T - 7.0 inches December 30-31, 1982
#10T - 7.0 inches November 26-27, 1968