Rare April Snow Hits the Carolinas

By Chris Martz

Many living in interior North Carolina and South Carolina woke up Tuesday morning to find a light coating of snow on the ground, a rare sight even in winter!

This was all part of a powerful nor’easter that’s travelling up the East Coast, which will deliver some snow and rain to New England before it makes its exit.

Charlotte, North Carolina received measurable snow too (0.1 inch), one of only six times that [measurable] snowfall has ever been recorded in Charlotte in the month of April! You have to go all the way back to 1982 (37 years ago) to find just 0.1 inch of snow in April.

There have been a handful of April snowfalls, but most of them occurred prior to 1920; 3.5 inches in 1880, 0.1 inch in 1881, 0.8 inch in 1904, and 0.6 inch in 1915 (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Total snowfall – month of April – Charlotte Area, NC (ThreadEx).

The National Weather Service office in Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina said,

“Snowfall rates have been decent enough to actually accumulate snow in some spots.”

Temperatures will start to warm-up late week as an area of high pressure develops to the south, which will open the door to a southerly flow boosting temperatures into the 70s (Figure 2).

Figure 2. GFS 500 mb height anomalies. Map via weathermodels.com.

Springlike weather may be on the horizon, but this April snowfall for the Carolinas is unforgettable!

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