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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Famous snowstorms

Posted January 20, 2009 12:37 p.m. EST
Updated January 20, 2009 12:52 p.m. EST

What was your all-time favorite snow in North Carolina? Today’s picturesque coating might rank as one of the finest snowfalls in recent memory.

Read more about Triangle snowstorms through the years.

The most memorable for me was nine years ago when more than 20 inches of snow accumulated in the Triangle. I recall driving to work in my new SUV and feeling thankful for my choice of vehicle.

The previous day it appeared a snowfall of three to four inches was in order but then a moisture machine from the South thrust incredible amounts of fuel into the snow making system.

Laurie Clowers and I were co-anchoring in those days. I recall driving her home that afternoon because it was her only way back to Holly Springs.

As a youngster I faintly remember the three straight snowfalls in March of 1960. I recall my relatives speaking of the snow-choked Swannanoa River near Asheville. Those images inspired a song on my Christmas in Carolina album called “Swannanoa Snow.”

Perhaps the most unusual snowstorm occurred in the spring. In a freak storm on May 7, 1992, Mt. Pisgah just down the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville received a whopping 57 inches of snow. I’ve camped up there and people still talk about that incredible day.

North Carolina’s tallest mountain was pummeled with 50 inches of snow in March of 1993. Mount Mitchell has seen snow in all twelve months of the year. Grandfather Mountain saw two feet of snow on March 16, 1993.

What about you? What was your favorite snow? What made it special? Please share.