Wednesday snowfall breaks two longtime Salt Lake City records

Wednesday, Feb. 17 snow
Posted at 12:56 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 14:56:22-05

SALT LAKE CITY — If you thought today's snowfall in Salt Lake City seemed like a lot, you were right on multiple counts.

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A record nearly a century old was broken Wednesday when 11.7 inches of snow fell at the city's measuring point at the Salt Lake City International Airport. The new amount broke the record originally set in 1926.

What makes the record even more amazing is that it was set in less than 11 hours of an entire day.

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Tuesday also broke the record for highest snow total all-time in Salt Lake City for the month of February. The previous daily record for the month was 10.9 inches on Feb. 1, 1989.

According to the Salt Lake City office of the National Weather Service, the current amount of 11.7 inches of snow would be the seventh highest total on record for the city.