Winter Storm Diego is now finishing up its attack on the Carolinas, and while it certainly wasn’t as bad as the National Weather Service feared, it did result in downed trees, power outages, vehicle accidents, and a number of broken snowfall records.
Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties saw the most downed trees and accidents due to the high volume of sleet and freezing rain;
Although most of the precipitation in Charlotte was sleet and freezing rain, we still broke a snowfall record.
The Queen City received a total of 2.7 inches of snowfall yesterday, making December 2018 the snowiest December since 1997 (when we received a total of 2.9 inches for the month), and the snowiest December 9th in Charlotte’s history (breaking the previous Dec. 9th record of 0.4 inches back in 1989);
Asheville saw a total of 11.1 inches of snow yesterday, its 3rd highest December snowfall on record and Raleigh received a total of 7 inches, the highest December snowfall total in over 60 years.
Good morning Durham County If you’re just waking up you’re seeing about 6″ of #snow on the ground. Our advice to you is unless you absolutely have to go out…#stayhome. Roads are treacherous as this person found out when they tried to drive on Stallings Rd. #NCwx #WinterWeather pic.twitter.com/4CmBafFpan
— Durham Sheriff (@DurhamSheriff) December 9, 2018
The highest snowfall amount in North Carolina was 18.5 inches, recorded in Saluda, NC, about 80 miles west of Charlotte and 30 miles south of Asheville.
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Did you stay safe during Winter Storm Diego?