DFW Snow and Sleet Totals for March 4-5, 2015 (3/4 & 3/5)

Below are details of the March 4th-5th 2015 snowstorm in North Texas. You may be interested in these related pages:

Daily Snowfall Accum Stats for the Event
  • On Wednesday 3/4, DFW Airport measured 2.5 inches of snow
  • This breaks the old record for the date (previously 0.3″ set in 1989)
  • Also, the 2.5″ on March 4th is the 4th largest snowfall ever recorded on any calendar day in the month of March
  • On Thursday 3/5, DFW Airport received another inch shortly after midnight
  • This places the storm total at 3.5″
Storm Total Statistics and Historical Perspective
  • 3.5 inches is the largest snowfall in over 5 years (since the February 2010 snowstorm)
  • It is the 4th largest snowstorm ever recorded in the month of March
  • It is the largest March snowstorm (event total) accumulation since 1947

*All stats above are for DFW Airport (official records for DFW date back 116 years to 1899)

The Top Snowstorms on Record for the Month of March in D/FW

Top 5 March Snowstorms for Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) 1899 through 2015

Top 5 March Snowstorms for Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) 1899 through 2015

Note: A quick note regarding an event that didn’t make the list above. Many of us remember the March 6, 2008 event when a very narrow swath of heavy, convective snow fell roughly 20 to 30 miles either side of line from Eastland to Denton to Sherman. Parts of northern Tarrant County had up to 5 inches of snow, with 5 to 7 inches in Wise/Denton Counties, and 7 to 12 inches in Cooke/Grayson Counties (the heaviest was over Sherman).  Despite how close that band was to the metroplex, DFW recorded only 1.1 inches.


North Texas Winter Storm Reports (Freezing Rain, Sleet, and Snow)

North Texas snowfall map for the March 4, 2015 snow storm

North Texas snowfall map for the historical March 4, 2015 snow storm. Source: NWS Fort Worth

How Much Fell in Your Town?

Beneath the satellite image below are the official reports which have been screened by the NWS.  I’m surprised that there weren’t more freezing rain reports, because freezing rain was certainly the initial precipitation type after the temperature fell below freezing Wednesday afternoon (March 4).  Rain began to freeze to trees, power lines, and other elevated surfaces.  During the evening hours, sleet became predominant before changing to very heavy snow around 11 pm. I guess most people in North Texas were reporting only the snow, which was quite impressive to say the least.

Initial snowfall rates were around 3 inches per hour at the peak of the event (10:30 west of Fort Worth to Denton, spreading into D/FW around 11 pm).  I measured one inch of snow in the first 20 minutes at my location in Southlake.  The NWS in Fort Worth measured about 1.3 inches in the first 30 minutes.  Snowfall rates this high require the perfect combination of dynamics and microphysical processes, and is a very rare event in North Texas.  Imagine how much we might’ve seen had the storm system not been moving so quickly.

The snowfall lasted about 3 hours, but the very rapid snowfall rates (2 to 3 inches per hour) lasted only about one hour at any particular location.  Despite the relatively short duration of this event, the rapid snowfall rates ultimately made this a record-setting storm to remember, placing it among the biggest snowfalls ever measured at D/FW this late in the season.

Stationary visible satellite image at 8:15 am CST on 3/5/15

Static satellite image at 8:15 am CST on 3/5/15 reveals snow & sleet over N. TX with high clouds to the southeast

View the satellite animation that shows the snow melting across North Texas on March 5, 2015

Note: All accumulation reports within each precipitation-type group are sorted first by county then by amount.

Freezing Rain Reports

CountyLocationAmount
DENTONDENTON0.10
LEON3 E MARQUEZ0.12
YOUNGOLNEY0.10

Sleet Reports

CountyLocationAmount
DALLAS4 NE DALLAS0.50
KAUFMAN5 S TERRELL0.25
PARKERALEDO0.00
STEPHENSBRECKENRIDGE0.25
TARRANTFORT WORTH0.50
BOSQUEMERIDIAN0.75
GRAYSONDENISON1.00
MONTAGUEBOWIE0.50
WISE5 NW ALVORD1.00

Snow Reports

CountyLocationAmount
COOKE10 SE GAINESVILLE4.00
COLLINMCKINNEY5.30
COLLINMCKINNEY4.50
COLLINMCKINNEY4.00
COLLIN3 N MURPHY4.00
COLLIN3 NW PLANO4.00
COLLINFRISCO3.50
COLLINFRISCO3.50
COLLINALLEN3.20
COLLIN3 E ALLEN3.20
COLLINMCKINNEY3.00
COLLINWYLIE3.00
COLLINFRISCO2.00
COLLINPLANO1.00
COOKEMUENSTER3.00
COOKEGAINESVILLE2.50
DALLASIRVING6.20
DALLAS8 N DALLAS6.00
DALLAS5 NE DALLAS4.20
DALLASRICHARDSON4.00
DALLASGRAND PRAIRIE4.00
DALLASROWLETT4.00
DALLASRICHARDSON3.00
DALLAS7 N IRVING3.00
DALLASDALLAS3.00
DALLASDALLAS2.50
DALLAS5 NW IRVING2.50
DALLASIRVING2.00
DALLAS4 NE DALLAS2.00
DALLAS3 NE UNIV PARK2.00
DALLASDALLAS1.00
DALLAS5.1 W MESQUITE1.00
DALLAS5 NE DALLAS1.00
DALLASDALLAS1.00
DELTACOOPER3.50
DENTON2 N SOUTHLAKE5.00
DENTON2 N SOUTHLAKE4.00
DENTONHIGHLAND VILLAGE3.50
DENTON5 NW LEWISVILLE3.50
DENTONLITTLE ELM3.00
DENTONLAKEWOOD VILLAGE3.00
DENTONLAKEWOOD VILLAGE3.00
DENTONFLOWER MOUND3.00
DENTONDENTON2.50
DENTONKRUM2.00
DENTONARGYLE2.00
DENTONARGYLE2.00
GRAYSONSHERMAN3.00
GRAYSONDENISON2.00
GRAYSONDENISON2.00
HENDERSONATHENS1.00
HILLHILLSBORO2.50
HOODGRANBURY1.50
HUNTCOMMERCE5.50
HUNTCOMMERCE3.70
JACKJACKSBORO1.50
KAUFMANTERRELL2.80
KAUFMAN2 SE KAUFMAN2.00
KAUFMAN5 S TERRELL2.00
KAUFMANTERRELL2.00
KAUFMAN5 S KAUFMAN2.00
LAMARPARIS3.00
LAMAR6 N PARIS3.00
PARKER6 S ALEDO1.90
PARKERWEATHERFORD1.00
ROCKWALLROCKWALL3.00
TARRANTGRAPEVINE7.00
TARRANTGRAPEVINE5.00
TARRANT8 E FORT WORTH5.00
TARRANTGRAPEVINE4.50
TARRANTKELLER4.00
TARRANTBENBROOK4.00
TARRANTLAKE WORTH4.00
TARRANT6 W FORT WORTH4.00
TARRANTGRAPEVINE4.00
TARRANT13 N FORT WORTH4.00
TARRANT6 W FORT WORTH4.00
TARRANTN RICHLAND HILLS4.00
TARRANTARLINGTON3.50
TARRANT4 W FORT WORTH3.00
TARRANTHALTOM CITY3.00
TARRANTMANSFIELD3.00
TARRANT1.4 NNE PANTEGO3.00
TARRANTEULESS3.00
TARRANTFORT WORTH3.00
TARRANTGRAPEVINE2.50
TARRANT1 NE SAGINAW2.50
TARRANT8 N FORT WORTH2.30
TARRANTARLINGTON2.00
TARRANTSAGINAW2.00
TARRANTFORT WORTH1.90
TARRANTFORT WORTH1.90
TARRANTARLINGTON1.00
VAN ZANDT7 NW CANTON1.00
WISEDECATUR3.50
WISE3 S RHOME2.00

Visible Satellite Image Loop Showing the Snow Melt (March 5, 2015)

This is the visible satellite animation from 8 am through 5 pm (CST) on March 5, 2015 showing the snow as it melts. Toward the end of the animation, you can get a better idea of where the heaviest snow and sleet accumulations were since they were deeper and take a bit longer to melt.

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