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!
— Erin Jordan (@edgjordan48) April 2, 2019
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).
“Snowfall rates have been decent enough to actually accumulate snow in some spots.”
@WSOCWeather @JohnAhrensWSOC9 @KaitlinCody @wxbrad @WCCBCharlotte @Clt_TrafficGuy I couldn’t resist. But doesn’t this little feller pass for frosty the snowmans baby picture?? Had about a 1/4 of an inch of snow before it was over, now it’s all gone. Frosty Jr’s in the freezer lol pic.twitter.com/vU1fNUu3vr— Art Burleson (@ArtBurleson) April 2, 2019
For the first time in 37 years and only the 7th time since 1880, #Charlotte has picked up measurable #snow! Officially 0.1″ so far but areas nearby have had more. Video via @aelliottharper pic.twitter.com/ccX46ZqYxg— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) April 2, 2019
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).
Springlike weather may be on the horizon, but this April snowfall for the Carolinas is unforgettable!