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Record snow at RDU; Here's how much snow fell and where

Posted January 17, 2018 7:32 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 11:17 a.m. EDT

— Most residents of central North Carolina got a second day off Thursday while waiting for the sun to melt and road crews to clear the greater-than-anticipated snow that fell the day before.

The second snowstorm of 2018 dumped up to a foot of fluffy flakes on some areas while missing others almost entirely. On Thursday morning, those totals were still adding up.

Some areas immediately to the north and west of Raleigh saw the greatest accumulation. Chatham, Orange, Person and Durham counties recorded 10 to 12 inches of snow.

In the capital city, some downtown neighborhoods measured up to 6 inches, while others within the city limits saw only 3 or 4.

The snow crossed North Carolina from west to east in a slow march that allowed for great accumulation from a semi-stalled weather system. In Greensboro and the Triad, snow began falling before dawn Wednesday, while areas to the east of Interstate 95 didn't see it begin to fall until after noon.

The Alamance County communities of Mebane and Union Ridge saw 9.5 inches of snow, while at Elon College, they measured 8.5 inches.

In Durham County, amounts varied from a foot of snow in Bahama to 9.5 inches in the northwest part of the City of Durham.

North Clayton in Johnston County saw 4.7 inches fall, while Princeton and Kenly further to the east saw less than an inch.

Apex Police Department builds a snowman

In the east, where snow arrived later, 10.7 inches piled up in Granville County, while Halifax and Nash counties saw only about 3 inches.

The southern counties in the state saw more rain than snow. Sampson, Scotland and Cumberland counties saw varying amounts of snow, but no more than half an inch.

The Raleigh-Durham International Airport got 5.9 inches of snow, a new record for the date. The previous record was 4 inches, set in 1946.

Apex was the peak of snowfall for Wake County, counting 7 inches by 8 p.m. when snow began to taper off. The eastern half of the county – Wendell and Rolesville – only saw 4.5 inches.