DENISON, Texas (KTEN) – January was a month of wintry weather. Within the first 5 days of the new year, Texoma’s first snowfall blanketed parts of eastern Oklahoma.

Winter wonderland in Daisy, OK on January 5

 

Just north of Texoma in Haskell County, Oklahoma, multiple inches of snow fell!

Fresh coating of snow in Stigler, OK on January 5

 

Nearly a week after the first dose of wintry precipitation, Texoma was greeted to winter-like temperatures! A potent cold front swept through January 13 and dropped temperatures rapidly. By January 14, temperatures were in the teens and wind chills were below zero. Many experienced wind chills in the negative teens.

 

A minimal amount of snow accompanied these arctic blasts. Rare lake effect snow was produced by Lake Texoma due to the sharp difference in temperature from the lake surface to around 5,000 feet above the surface. Up to an inch of snow fell in parts of Grayson County, Texas due to Lake Texoma’s lake effect. The last time lake effect snow was produced by Lake Texoma was in February 2021.

Lake effect snow produced off Lake Texoma in the red oval

 

Many in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex were greeted to up to two inches of snow early January 16.

Lake effect snow totals in the DFW Metroplex from

 

Giant ice boulders formed along Lake Texoma due to the continual crash of water along the lake’s shorelines.

Icy boulders along Lake Texoma in Sherwood Shores

 

More wintry weather arrived late January 21 with freezing rain overspreading the region throughout the overnight hours into January 22. Roads were icy, especially in Oklahoma where multiple wrecks were reported.

The end of the month wrapped up well above average with highs in the 60s and even low 70s. Daily record low high temperatures were set in the middle of the month due to the arctic blast that froze Texoma for multiple days.

High temperatures for January 2024

 

January 2024 measured 2.35 inches of rainfall, which is near the monthly average of 2.52 inches for Sherman/Denison, Texas.

Daily rainfall totals for January 2024

 

The drought has not really improved much, but some locations are still drought-free!

Drought monitor update released on February 1, 2024

 

Seasonable weather looks possible heading into the second month of the year.