9 inches of snow hit St. Louis 45 years ago today, capping the worst winter we'd ever seen.
With another 9 inches of snow on March 8, 1978, many St. Louisans were wondering if a grumpy Old Man winter was saving his worst for last in perhaps the worst winter St. Louis had ever seen.
For persons who were statistics conscious, the new snowfall brought to 64.4 inches the total for the year, just short of the record for one season of 67.6 inches, in the 1911-12 winter.
The new fall continued the year's record number of consecutive days with snow on the ground, with March 8 being the 59th. The snow would stay on the ground for 19 more days.
The March 8 storm was the ninth major snowstorm of the winter, according to Weather Service records. The winter began with 6.3 inches on Nov. 26-27, followed by 6.6 inches on Dec. 5, 3.9 inches on Dec. 8, 12.5 inches on Jan. 16-17, 7.5 inches on Jan. 25, 3.4 inches on Feb. 12, 13 and 14 (including more than an inch of sleet), 3.4 inches on Feb. 27-28, and 4.5 inches on March 2.
Note: Corrects that snowfall was 45 years ago.