National Snow and Ice - December 2003

NCEI added Alaska climate divisions to its nClimDiv dataset on Friday, March 6, 2015, coincident with the release of the February 2015 monthly monitoring report. For more information on this data, please visit the Alaska Climate Divisions FAQ.

The map to the right shows snowfall totals in inches from a storm which tracked across the Northeast between December 5th and December 7th. The National Weather Service 24-hour snow totals and other information on the storm can be found at the Taunton, MA NWS office.

The image to the left shows the snow cover on December 30th 2003 after a series of snow storms left much the West covered in many feet of snow. Over 6 feet (2 meters) of snow fell on Utah's Salt Lake City leading to avalanches in the surrounding area and loss of electrical power for many residents.

A fast moving snow storm caused 150 miles of Interstate 5 through northern California/southern Oregon to be closed on December 28th and 29th. As much as 2 feet of snow fell along parts of the highway with drifts of 6-7 feet stranding motorists overnight with little food or water.

See NCDC's snow monitoring page for the latest snow totals and the snow climatology pages for snow statistics for U.S. states and stations.

Citing This Report

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: National Snow and Ice for December 2003, published online January 2004, retrieved on November 28, 2015 from