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Winter Weather Patterns Affecting North Carolina

The most common and dangerous winter weather systems which can produce snow and ice are strong coastal low pressure systems known as nor’easters. This was the case back on January 24-25, 2000, when more than a foot of snow fell across parts of central North Carolina. In addition behind the system, often we can experience a period of very cold weather. This happened with the early January 2018 storm when many locations had morning lows below zero, behind the system. In fact some areas had snow- and ice-covered roads for days!

January 2000 Snow Event map

Winter storms can make driving and walking extremely dangerous. The aftermath of a major winter storm can have a devastating impact for days or even weeks. Winter storms can be deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. People die in traffic accidents on icy roads, have heart attacks while shoveling snow, or succumb to fires or carbon monoxide while trying to heat their homes improperly. With proper planning and preparation, you can limit or even mitigate the impacts from winter storms.

All information on this page has been supplied by the National Weather Service.

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