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December 1, 1974 ~ Ann Arbor's Biggest Snowfall

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It was 41 years ago on Sunday, December 1, 1974, that the snow started [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N110_0039_001|falling], and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N110_0036_008|falling], and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N114_0170_018|falling]. By the time the storm stopped on December 2nd, Ann Arbor had recorded it's biggest snowfall since records began in 1880 -- a total of 19.8 inches. [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19941202-thousands_stranded_by_pg1.jpg|Thousands of travelers were stranded] throughout [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19941202-great_storm_of_1974_pg13.jpg|Washtenaw County]. [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N110_0036_001|US 23] was a mess and cars were [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N114_0170_006|stuck] on all county roads. City, County, Schools and organizations sprang in to action, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19941203-and_people_here%20%281%29.jpg|housing] folks, providing bed, blankets and meals for the weary voyagers.

In Ann Arbor, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N114_0170_025|buses] were waylaid, the University of Michigan [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N114_0170_023|closed] and townies handled the storm with typical [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N114_0170_011|aplomb] , true [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N114_0170_007|grit] and seasonal [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N110_0036_010|humor]. The [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N114_0170_016|Lopez kids] got down to work, the University of Michigan students got [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N114_0177_007|arty] and cars [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N110_0039_001|stayed buried] for days.

We went to THE source for weather records, Dennis Kahlbaum, and he provided the up-to-the-minute list of Ann Arbor record snowfalls since 1880:
1) Dec. 1- 2, 1974: 19.8 inches
2) Jan. 26-27, 1967: 17.0 inches
3) Jan. 3- 4, 1999: 15.9 inches
4) Mar. 18-19, 1973: 14.6 inches
5) Jan. 30-31, 2002: 14.5 inches
6) Feb. 1- 2, 2015: 14.1 inches
7) Jan. 25-26, 1978: 13.6 inches
8) Dec. 11-12, 2000: 13.1 inches
9) Jan. 14-15, 1992: 12.5 inches
10) Jan. 1- 2, 2008, 12.3 inches

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