Snowstorm Stats: Snow, Wind, Rain and Record-Warmth Memorable

By Dan DePodwin, Meteorologist
January 19, 2013; 1:26 PM ET
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From southern Mississippi to Nantucket, a moisture-laden winter storm brought heavy snow, torrential rain and damaging wind gusts Thursday and Thursday night.

From record warmth in South Carolina to record snowfall in Alabama, residents of the Southeast saw a wide variety of weather over a short amount of time.

Temperatures dropped (and jackets became necessary in a hurry) in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., from a record high of 75 to 43 overnight! Wilmington, N.C., and Melbourne, Fla., also had record highs followed by rapid temperature drops as a cold front swept offshore.

Although a relatively quick-hitter, this winter storm packed a punch, snarling travel in many places. Multi-hour backups were reported in Alabama, Virginia and West Virginia as heavy snowfall blinded motorists and made roads slick. Some travelers were stuck over 6 hours!

As the storm slides out into the Atlantic and dry, sunny weather returns to the Southeast, takes a look at some noteworthy tidbits.

Snow Statistics

Greensboro, N.C., saw its first snowfall of more than 2 inches since Christmas Day 2010.

The 0.7 of an inch of snow in Huntsville, Ala., was a new record, breaking the old record of 0.2 of an inch. It was also the first measurable snowfall in Huntsville since Feb. 9, 2011.

Birmingham, Ala., received 2.1 inches of snow on Thursday. This breaks the old record for the date of 1.0 inch set in 1948. According to AccuWeather Climatologist Jim Piro, "The last time Birmingham had greater than 2.0 inches of snow on a single calendar day was 3.0 inches on January 28, 2000."

West Virginia Totals:

Princeton: 15.0"
Bluefield: 11.0"
Athens: 9.5"

Virginia Totals:

Glen Lyn: 13.0"
Narrows: 12.0"
Roanoke: 5.0"
Richmond: 3.0"
Charlottesville: Trace
Newport News: 1.0"

North Carolina Totals:

Creston: 14.0"
Grassy Creek: 12.0"
Bethel Hill: 5.0"
Greensboro: 3.0"
Raleigh: 0.8"
Charlotte: Trace

Alabama Totals:

Oak Grove: 5.5"
Huntsville: 0.7"
Birmingham: 2.1"
Talladega: 1.0"

Mississippi Totals:

Ackerman: 6.0"
Jackson: 2.0"
Tupelo: Trace

Tennessee Totals:

Gatlinburg: 8.0"
Russellville: 5.0"
Tazewell: 4.0"
Anderson: 4.0"

Georgia Totals:

Dallas: Trace
Dalton: Trace

Maryland Totals:

Venton: 1.5"
Bishopville: 1.5"

Massachusetts Totals:

Harwich: 3.0"
New Bedford: 1.5"
Nantucket: 3.9"

Rhode Island Totals:

South Kingstown: 1.0"


Clover: 6.3"

Thundersnow was reported in many places including: Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Ala., eastern Tennessee, Greensboro, N.C., and close to Richmond, Va.

Wind Gusts

While most winds only gusted to a little more than 40 mph, some stronger gusts blew through northeastern S.C., and southeastern N.C., during the evening. Trees were reported down near Mullins, S.C., on State Highway 917 and mobile home damage occurred near Evergreen, N.C.

Other wind gusts:

Fayetteville, N.C.: 45 mph
Tyndall AFB, Fla.: 44 mph
Panama City, Fla.: 44 mph
Augusta, Ga.: 43 mph
Columbia, S.C.: 43 mph

Rainfall Totals from Jan. 13-17, 2013:

Knoxville, Tenn. 8.01"
Chattanooga, Tenn. 5.78"
Blacksburg, W.Va. 5.21"
Roanoke, Va. 4.28"
Shelby, N.C. 2.98"
Clemson, S.C. 2.80"
Danville, Va. 2.51"
Anderson, S.C. 2.48"
Rutherford, N.C. 2.41"
Hickory N.C. 2.36"

Tranquil and seasonable conditions will return to the Southeast to close the week, but it is expected to turn chilly later in the weekend and early next week as arctic air dives south!

Thumbnail picture on the news rail shows snow in Nantucket, Mass., taken by Kristen Kellogg.


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