Winter Storm Database | Event Details

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Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rain
Started: January 11, 1996 at 11 am EST
Ended: January 12, 1996 at 8 am EST
Please Note...this description applies to all central North Carolina counties during the Ice Storm of January 11-12. Freezing rain spread across central North Carolina during the evening hours of the 11th and ended around sunrise on the 12th. The snow mixed with freezing rain before ending in the northwest. From Anson, Stanly, Davidson, and Guilford counties, east into the Coastal Plain, freezing rain coated trees, power lines, and roads, causing significant power outages and automobile accidents. Total accumulation of glaze was 1/4 to 1/2 inch. This storm, combined with the previous storm on the 6th and 7th, kept schools and businesses closed for over a week. Temperatures remained well below freezing throughout the period.

The second snowstorm within a week caused more excitement in North Carolina. Up to a foot of snow was reported in some of the mountains with most mountain and foothill locations receiving 3 to 6 inches. In the piedmont, there was more of a mixture of ice with minimal ice storm conditions reported in and around the Charlotte area. Heavy snow developed across northwest North Carolina during the late evening hours on the 11th and spread eastward. The snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain in Rockingham and Caswell Counties. Snow accumulations were generally from 4 to 6 inches in the mountains, around 4 inches in Surry, Stokes, Wilkes, and Yadkin Counties and from 1 to 4 inches in Rockingham and Caswell Counties. The weight of the snow from this storm in combination with the weight of the snow from the previous storm collapsed the roof of a business in Mount Airy. The 2,500 square foot building was a total loss.
Injuriesnot availableDeathsnot available
Property Damageup to $250,000Crop Damagenot available
Atmospheric MapsLarge-scale maps of 500 mb Heights, Jet Stream Winds, and Sea Level Pressure from this event
Event Analysis from the National Weather Service in Raleigh
Weather Station Data

Freezing Rain