Yesterday's snow storm packed a wallop from Wallops Island, Virginia (where they have most of the weather satellite receiving dishes) through the Deep South. We have stats in this story and I have a list below, but suffice to say: It snowed more than a foot in three different states (North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia).
The satellite image above shows (what's left of) the snow that fell from Tennessee through eastern Virginia. The high-res MODIS satellite captured this picture late this morning, and it is displayed in Google Earth. Here are a few more pictures just for fun... this first one, showing the recent misses for snowfall in Washington, D.C., is for my buddies over at Capital Weather Gang :)
My research led me to these total snow amounts (highest by state):
Princeton, WV: 15.0"
Creston, NC: 14.0"
McClure, VA: 13.5"
Gatlinburg, TN: 8.0"
Clover, KY: 6.3"
Ackerman, MS: 6.0"
Oak Grove, AL: 5.5"
This next shot shows how the valleys in North Carolina's foothills got spared - heavy snow fell in the mountains due to elevation early, then in the Piedmont later in the storm.
The HRRR model predicted this early in the day, at least on the 15Z run, but it wasn't consistent enough to believe.
Here's what NOHRSC's snow depth analysis looked like this morning. Even it shows no snow in the North Carolina foothills.
The front that brought the snow turned temperatures on their head: At one point yesterday, it was 39 in Georgia but 81 in South Carolina!
At Kingstree, SC, which recorded the 81 degree reading at 1 PM yesterday, it had only climbed to 52 at 1 PM today:
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