The Massive North Carolina Blizzard Of March 1993 Will Never Be Forgotten
Called ‘the storm of the century,’ those who lived through the record-breaking snowfall of 1993 still talk about it to this day. The strangest part about this snow is that it didn’t occur during your normal snowfall months; it created catastrophe in the middle of March. Just as students at UNC Asheville were preparing for spring break they woke up to over two feet of snow. Throughout the southeast, the storm brought devastation to more than just the Tar Heel State, and although it’s not the largest blizzard in North Carolina history, it still holds records to this day.
While today we pray for no severe storms of this caliber, we can still look back and reminisce thanks to those who recorded video footage and put it on Youtube.
Like this video by Tom Culver showing the Deerfield Neighborhood in Boone.
This video by jleepixprod’s channel shows the damage caused to Boone and Banner Elk, and even some brave souls venturing out in the snow.
For the majority of readers, you lived through this blizzard yourself and probably have a story or two to tell. What did you remember about The Storm of the Century?
While many are aware and lived through the storm, there’s another part of North Carolina history that is somewhat unknown although it almost destroyed the entire state.
Largest Blizzard In North Carolina
When was the biggest blizzard in North Carolina?
The biggest recorded snowfall from one storm system moving through North Carolina occurred between April 2, 1987 and April 6, 1987. As a massive storm passed over the state, a record 60 inches of snow fell in western North Carolina in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In particular, the Newfound Gap area along the North Carolina/Tennessee state line was hard hit. Annual snowfall at Newfound Gap averages 43.5 to 100.6 inches per winter season.
What is the most snow ever recorded in North Carolina?
The most snow ever recorded in North Carolina in a 24-hour period was during the Storm of the Century in 1993. At Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the state at 6,684 feet, a record 36 inches of snow fell in one 24-hour period on March 13, 1993.
What is winter weather in North Carolina typically like?
The varying terrain and elevations throughout North Carolina create myriad average temperatures that cannot be pinned to just one region. If looking for average temperatures during winter however, along the coast, Wilmington’s average temperature in January is 54 degrees. Moving to the extreme other side of the state, which is known for higher elevations, the average January temperature in Banner Elk, found in Highlands of North Carolina, is a mere 41 degrees. Higher peaks, of course, can be as much as 10-15 degrees cooler than the plateaus found in the Highlands. From coastal getaways along the Outer Banks all the way to the mountains in Western North Carolina, visitors can find a world of winter activities in which to enjoy a snowy – or a sunny – getaway.