January 1-7 in Area Weather History

Jan. 1: On this day in 1976, snow fell over much of southeast Wyoming and the Nebraska
             panhandle, bringing the highest daily snowfall to start a new year for many areas.
             Cheyenne recorded 2.9 inches, Scottsbluff, Nebraska received 4.7 inches while
             Chadron, Neb. was covered with 8.3 inches of snow.

             Today is the average coldest day of the year for Cheyenne since 1900 with an
             average temperature of 25 degrees. 
 
Jan. 2: In a day of meteorological infamy, factors started to come together for a historical
             blizzard across this region, the Great Blizzard of 1949. A strong arctic cold front
             pushed across the region dropping temperatures to near zero by late in the day
             while a powerful low pressure system organized over the southern Rocky mountain
             area.  Snow began falling over the region and by the end of the day 5 inches had
             fallen in Cheyenne with 3 to 4 inches over much of the rest of the region. Those
             who remember this blizzard know that the worst was yet to come.

Jan. 3:
The Great Blizzard of 1949 grew in intensity as the powerful low pressure system
              made an unusual turn from the southern plains northwestward toward this region,
              intensifying the snow, strong winds and bitter cold temperatures. On this day
              Cheyenne recorded its highest daily precipitation total on record for January with
              1.32 inches. Many areas recorded all-time daily record snowfalls including 26.7 inches
              at Chadron, Nebraska. Snowfall estimated from 25 to 30 inches buried Cheyenne
              and much of southeast Wyoming. This combined with temperatures at or below zero
              all day and wind gusts over 50 mph paralyzed the region with huge drifts.

Jan. 4:
The blizzard of 1949 continued its onslaught on the region but finally began to wane
              late in the day. By the time it was over, 41 inches of snow had buried Chadron, Nebraska
              while 30 to 40 inches of snow was estimated to have fallen over and around Cheyenne.
              Between 20 and 30 inches was recorded at Laramie. Seventeen lives were lost in the
              storm along with thousands of livestock while many people were marooned for days due
              to impassable roads and huge drifts.

Jan. 5:
On this day in 1955 a snowstorm brought snow to parts of the Nebraska panhandle, with
              7.1 inches recorded at Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Jan. 6:
Today is on average the coldest day of the year for Scottsbluff since 1900 with an average
             daily temperature of 24.0 degrees.

Jan. 7:
On this day in 1992 Cheyenne recorded 12.7 inches of snow while Scottsbluff, Nebraska
              was covered with 6.7 inches of snow.


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