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Southern storm dumps historic amounts of snow in Mid-Atlantic: Here’s how much fell

Thousands were left without power and many faced treacherous driving conditions as winter weather hit North Carolina and Virginia beginning Dec. 8. (Video: Taylor Turner/The Washington Post)
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The moisture-laden storm that tracked across the southern United States will exit the Carolinas on Monday, but it is leaving behind tremendous snowfall totals in North Carolina and Virginia, some of which reached record territory.

The early-winter storm was responsible for several hundred thousand power outages, gridlock on the roads and scores of traffic accidents.

At least two dead, thousands without power after historic snowstorm in North Carolina

Double-digit snowfall totals piled up from northwest South Carolina to east-central Virginia. Some parts of North Carolina encountered as much snow from this storm as they typically do in an entire winter.

Between Saturday and Sunday, 11.1 inches of snow piled up in Asheville, N.C., its third-biggest December snow event on record.

Seven inches fell in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, the most to fall during the month in a single day since 1958 and tied for third most on record. As the city’s average seasonal snowfall is just over seven inches, it saw a winter’s worth of snow from this one event.

In Virginia, Roanoke notched its snowiest December day ever recorded Sunday, after 15 inches of powder blanketed the city.

In Richmond, where many forecasters predicted four to eight inches, nearly a foot stacked up, its second-biggest December single-day snow event on record. And even higher amounts fell in its western suburbs.

Some of the most impressive snowfall totals came in from the mountains of North Carolina and southwest and west-central Virginia. More than a dozen locations checked in with at least a foot and a half of snow. Mount Mitchell picked up nearly three feet of snow (34 inches), and the Wintergreen ski resort in west-central Virginia reported 21 inches.

Although the area that received heavy snowfall of at least six inches was quite large, there was a very sharp cutoff in the snowfall on the storm’s north side. Whereas Fredericksburg, Va., tallied four to six inches of snow, Washington — just 50 miles to its north — did not see a flake.

Below find some select snowfall totals from population centers, as well as some photos and video from social media.

Snowfall totals

North Carolina

  • Boone: 15 to 20 inches
  • Winston-Salem: 12 to 15 inches
  • Durham: 8 to 14 inches
  • Greensboro: 12 inches
  • Asheville: 10 to 12 inches (11.1 inches at airport)
  • Raleigh: Six to eight inches (seven inches at airport, record for date)
  • Charlotte: One to three inches (2.7 inches at airport, record for date)


  • Roanoke: 10 to 15 inches (15 inches at airport, record for date)
  • Blacksburg: 11 to 14 inches
  • Richmond: 10 to 12 inches (11.5 inches at airport, record for date)
  • Charlottesville: 10 to 12 inches
  • Lynchburg: 10 to 12 inches
  • Williamsburg: Five to 10 inches
  • Fredericksburg: Three to six inches
  • Dale City: Coating (0.7 inches)


  • Leonardtown: Four to five inches
  • Lusby: Three to five inches
  • La Plata: One to two inches

Social media images

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