15 biggest snowstorms to hit Richmond

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What's the biggest snowstorm you can remember?

If you've lived in Richmond for many years, you might remember our greatest snowstorm on record.

Or maybe you heard those tales of massive drifts and numbing cold handed down over the decades.

Even if you only moved to the area recently, you got to witness a storm that nearly entered the top ten.

Here are the fifteen highest snowstorm totals in Richmond, according to the National Weather Service in Wakefield.

Local records date to 1897. The airport has been the official measuring site since the 1930s.

Of the top fifteen storms, nearly half occurred in January. Two of the top five hit in February. The only year with two entries on the list was 1980.

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John Boyer

John Boyer, the RTD's staff meteorologist

John Boyer is the first staff meteorologist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the RTD newsroom in November 2016 after covering severe weather on television in Tulsa, Okla.

As a native of the Roanoke area, the region’s heavy snowstorms started his fascination with Virginia’s changing weather.

Boyer earned his degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and earned their Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal in 2012.

Look for his stories in the RTD and on Richmond.com, along with videos and forecast updates for major weather events in our area.

Email him your story ideas and weather tips.

Tuesday Weatherline

For now, snowstorms unlikely in Richmond

Patterns appear unfavorable for snowstorms in Richmond — for now. Our last January with no measurable snow was 2012. But the month isn’t scoreless: Last Saturday’s sleet and flurries counted as a trace. Every January since the 1990s had at least a trace.

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