Statistically, Memphis receives an average of 5.3 inches of snow per year. This amount is spread out over the duration of the winter and may include several different snowfalls.
Many longtime residents of Memphis maintain that the city used to receive more snow than it does today. Theories to explain why that would occur include global warming, the idea that the bluffs of the Mississippi River deflect the snow, and the "Pyramid theory" which suggests that the Pyramid Arena deflects snow storms coming in from the west.
The two biggest snowfalls in Memphis history actually occurred decades ago, giving some credence to the notion that the city used to see more snow. The first of these snowfalls occurred between March 16-17, 1892 and deposited a full 18 inches of snow on the ground. The second occurred on March 22, 1968 when the city ended up with an impressive 16.5 inches of snow.