Snowfall Monday breaks Columbia's daily record

Monday, March 14, 2011 | 6:58 p.m. CDT; updated 8:12 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 14, 2011

COLUMBIA – The 6 inches of snow that fell Monday set a new daily record for Columbia.

The previous snowfall record for March 14 was 3.4 inches in 1896.

As of 4:30 p.m., the 6 inches measured at Columbia Regional Airport had surpassed the previous record. Snow was still falling when the measurement was taken, so the amount could go higher.

The 6 inches also moved the 2010-2011 season to second place on the all-time list for the most snowfall from July to June. As of 4:30 p.m., Columbia's total snowfall for this season was 51.6 inches. The previous second-place record was 46.2 inches in the 1911-1912 season.

The record for most snowfall in a season occurred in 1977-1978 with 54.8 inches.

The National Weather Service reported the following snowfall totals for Monday from around the area: 7.5 inches three miles east-southeast of Columbia at 2:15 p.m.; 7 inches north-northwest of Columbia at 3:48 p.m.; and 8 inches in Fulton at 2:54 p.m.

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