Weekend Brings Record Snow to the Appalachians, New England
By By AccuWeather.com meteorologist Mike Doll
November 04, 2014, 7:29:54 AM EST
A powerful storm brought over a foot of snow to parts of the southern Appalachians and New England over the weekend.
Strong winds combined with the high moisture content of the snow weighed down tree branches causing them to snap and come down on power lines.
Tens of thousands of electricity customers across Maine were left in the dark at some point during the day on Sunday. Over 70,000 customers were still without power according to Central Maine Power's website early on Monday morning.
According to an official snowfall measurement by the National Weather Service, Bangor, Maine, received 12 inches of snow on Sunday. This obliterated the daily record of 0.5 of an inch set in 1951.
Other amounts recorded ranged from 15 to 21 inches across parts of Aroostook County in the northern part of the state.
Powerful winds gusted over 50 mph at times across New England on Sunday, which brought down trees, limbs and caused power outages across western and southern New England.
The rain changed to snow across the Boston metro area on Sunday morning, leaving around 1.5 inches in some spots south of the city.
A potent shot of cold air shocked the Southeast and southern Appalachians on Friday night and Saturday, sending snow as far south as Georgia and South Carolina.
Snow fell in Columbia, South Carolina, which is the earliest snowfall in recorded history in the city. The previous benchmark was Nov. 9, 1913. As much as 4.5 inches was measured on grassy surfaces just southwest of the city.
Although the snow turned most roadways wet, the heavy snow was able to accumulate on objects such as trees and power lines.
The heavy, wet snow caused tree branches to snap and fall on power lines. At one point on Saturday morning, around 10,000 people were without power in the Greenville, South Carolina, area, according to Duke Energy.
Across the mountains, park service employees measured 22 inches of snow on Mount LeConte in Tennessee.
Several cold temperature records were tied or broken in the Southeast on Sunday. Macon, Georgia, fell to 29 degrees on Sunday morning, which tied the record last set in 1993.
Vero Beach, Florida, dipped to 41 degrees early on Sunday morning, shattering the record low of 47 set in 1993.
Tampa, Florida, only reached 67 degrees on Sunday, breaking the record for the lowest high temperature for the date. The previous record was 68 degrees set in 1895.
West Palm Beach and Miami in Florida also established new records for lowest high temperature for the date.
Chilly, blustery weather is expected on Monday across New England before a surge of milder air moves in from the Midwest and Ohio Valley for Tuesday.
The Southeast will bask in sunshine on Monday with high temperatures at least 5 degrees or more above what they were on Sunday. The warming trend will continue into Tuesday.
AccuWeather.com meteorologist Jordan Root contributed content to this story
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