WeatherMatrix (Jesse Ferrell)

Big December storm drops 2 feet of snow on North Carolina, Virginia

By Jesse Ferrell
12/10/2018, 6:15:24 PM

DECEMBER 10, 2018:

A large and early December snowstorm dropped more than a foot of snow on much of North Carolina and Virginia, with the most, 34 inches, falling at the unmanned Mount Mitchell station in North Carolina (highest point east of the Mississippi). The storm snarled travel and brought cities to a standstill. At the peak, over 250,000 customers were without power; 150,000 still were in North Carolina this morning.

Static Storm Total Snowfall


At my childhood home in Boomer, North Carolina, about 16-18 inches of snow fell. This would have been one of the largest snowstorms since I was born in North Carolina.

The map above was created by AccuWeather; the National Weather Service's map is shown below, followed by a list of top snowfalls that I have composed based on National Weather Service and Ski Slope reports.

NWS Snow Totals 12/9


Also there is a 5600-pixel high-res version of the NWS map that I captured at the link below, showing all amounts >=12 inches.

5600-Pixel High-Res NWS Snow Map


AMOUNTS OVER 17 INCHES:

  • Mount Mitchell, NC: 34"
  • Whitetop, VA: 24"
  • Beech Mountain Ski, NC: 24"
  • Independence, VA: 22.8"
  • Wintergreen, VA: 21"
  • Valle Crucis, NC: 21"
  • Fleetwood, NC: 21"
  • Piney Creek, NC: 20.5"
  • Galax City, VA: 20.5"
  • Sugar Mountain, NC: 20"
  • Cataloochee Ski, NC: 20"
  • Sugar Mountain Sky, NC: 20"
  • Swansonville, VA: 20"
  • Floyd, VA: 20"
  • Gladesboro, VA: 20"
  • Idlewild, NC: 20"
  • Baywood, VA: 19.8"
  • Mouth Of Wilson, VA: 19.5"
  • Glenray, WV: 19.5"
  • Wytheville, VA: 19.3"
  • Dobson, NC: 18.8"
  • Snow Creek, VA: 18.5"
  • Grassy Meadows, WV: 18.5"
  • Sparta, NC: 18.5"
  • Pipers Gap, VA: 18.5"
  • Saluda, NC: 18.5"
  • Alum Ridge, VA: 18.4"
  • Sheffield, NC: 18.2"
  • White Sulphur Springs, WV: 18"
  • Rural Retreat, VA: 18"
  • Appalachian Ski, NC: 18"
  • Pineola, NC: 18"
  • Oakvale, WV: 18"
  • Meat Camp, NC: 18"
  • Little Switzerland, NC: 18"
  • Linville, NC: 18"
  • Lenoir, NC: 18"
  • Galax City, VA: 18"
  • Fries, VA: 18"
  • Cedar Mountain, NC: 18"
  • Alderson, WV: 18"
  • Rocky Bottom, NC: 18"
  • Maggie Valley, NC: 18"
  • Hinton, WV: 18"
  • Glade Valley, NC: 18"
  • Galax City, VA: 18"
  • Rutherwood, NC: 18"
  • Baldwin, NC: 18"
  • Snow Creek, VA: 18"
  • Hinton, WV: 18"

SOUTH CAROLINA:

Inman, SC: 11.9"
Green Creek, SC: 8.5"
Landrum, SC: 8"
Mountain Rest, SC: 7"
Pine Mountain, SC: 7"
Gaffney, SC: 6.7"
Greenville, SC: 4.5"

OTHER STATES:

Kingsport & Mountain City, TN: 12"
Georgia: 8"
Kentucky: 6"
Missouri: 2"
Arkansas: 2"

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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