Austin’s worst winter: How do they stack up?

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Despite being in a warm climate, central Texas is no stranger to cold winters.

The most snowfall ever recorded in Austin in one day happened on November 11, 1937. On that day, 9.7″ of snow fell in the city.

In 1949, Austin saw another another bout with heavy snow as 6.5 inches fell in one day. Not many records remain of those two winter storms.

In 1985, Austinites saw 7.5 inches of snow within an 11-day stretch.

On January 2, 1985, 3.9 inches of snow fell in Austin, the beginning of a two-week stretch when Austin saw 7.5 inches of snow.

At the University of Texas, Michael Grabois, a student at the time, took photos of a snow-covered campus.

Grabois says he remembers students “borrowed” trays from the Dobie Cafeteria and used them to sled down 21st Street toward Texas Memorial Stadium.

“This is a rare sight,” former KTVV (which later became KXAN) meteorologist Kathy Turner recounted during the first round of winter weather.

Three inches fell on January 12 and 9/10 of an inch fell on January 13.

“For the second time in less than two weeks, another major winter storm – this one worse than the first – has frozen in most of Austin and Central Texas,” Turner recounted.

The city’s head of emergency preparedness said at the time since there was a layer of ice under the snow, it made driving much more treacherous than the previous snowstorm.

During that same storm, 13 inches of snow fell in San Antonio, shattering a record set in 1926 when 7.4 inches of snow fell during the entire winter. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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