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Winter Storm of January 1988

WAFF 48 covers the winter storm of January 1988. (Source: Bamawxcom/YouTube) WAFF 48 covers the winter storm of January 1988. (Source: Bamawxcom/YouTube)
(Map source: Huntsville NWS) (Map source: Huntsville NWS)
(WAFF) -

A winter storm dumped snow, sleet and freezing rain across the Tennessee Valley as 1988 was just barely starting.

The Huntsville office of the National Weather Service said in its account of the storm that 9.6 inches of snow settled over Huntsville, a record that remains unbroken as of 2016, the 28th anniversary.

Snow began falling just after 9 p.m. the evening of January 6, 1988, becoming much heavier at times, and mixing with freezing rain and sleet at others, until about 4 p.m. the following day.

From Big Cove to Monte Sano, Russellville to Cullman County, residents of North Alabama woke on Jan. 7 to a blanket of white.

Here is a nearly 10 minute segment of WAFF 48 News coverage of the winter storm from Jan. 7.

In the video, you will see two live reports, including one by a Memorial Parkway access road that was nearly invisible due to the historic snowfall.

You will also see Bob Baron show you snowfall estimates from that morning and what his computer models predicted for the following days.

Click here to read more and see photos from the storm at the Huntsville NWS website.

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