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Worst winter storm logged Feb. 8, 1958

Published 8:55am Friday, January 3, 2014

Even though a low temperature of seven degrees Fahrenheit is predicted for Hartselle on Mon., Jan. 6, it won’t come close to matching the low recorded on Feb. 8, 1958.

On that date, a winter storm caused the temperature to drop to minus five degrees, following an 11-inch snowfall. The storm was referred to as the “roughest in history” in an account published in the Hartselle Enquirer.

The heaviest snowfall was recorded on Feb. 12, 1960, when Mother Nature dumped 14 inches of the white stuff on the city.

The most snow recorded in a 12-hour period occurred on Christmas Eve 1963.  Due to road closures and icy conditions, all schools were closed for two days, most businesses closed their doors until the streets were cleared and four downtown stores sustained damage when the weight of the snow causes their roofs to collapse.

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