The anniversary of snowfall in Charleston

Photo by @kimgrahamphoto

Happy first Monday of 2022. The first Monday is significant for many reasons — it’s the first week to kick off your new year’s resolutions and the beginning of a brand new week, month + year. Hello, fresh start. But most importantly, today is the anniversary of snow in Charleston.

While this may not seem like a notable achievement for most other cities, we don’t get snow often. Shocker, right? The last week of 70-degree temperatures would have never given that away. 

But four years ago today, the Holy City received 5.3 inches during the snowpocalypse of 2018. Not only did the winter storm shut down bridges, airports, and schools, it also gave a large number of Charleston residents their first officialsnow day.” 

If you lived in the Lowcountry during this time, you’ll probably recall fond memories of “sledding” through your neighborhood, staying in your pajamas all day with a cup of hot chocolate, and snowball fights — all to make sure that you experienced a true snow day. Hey, we don’t know when we’ll get another.  

Let’s take a look at snowfall in the last three decades in the Lowcountry: 

❄️2010: 3.3 inches

❄️2000: 1.0 inches 

❄️1989: 6.0 inches

The snowfall of 1989 signifies the most amount of snow to land in one day in Charleston, meaning 5.3 inches is a pretty close second. 

We’ll be honest. Something about snowcovered palm trees doesn’t quite look right, but we’d be lying if we said that the snowpocalypse of 2018 wasn’t an exciting historical event for Charlestonians.