Winter Storm Database | Event Details

Heavy Snow
Started: December 2, 2000 at 7 am EST
Ended: December 3, 2000 at 10 pm EST
The first major winter storm of the season produced heavy snow across the Coastal Plain of North Carolina on the afternoon of December 3. A low pressure system developed off the coast and quickly moved northeast, preventing the snowfall from moving west of Raleigh. Most locations along and east of I-95 received between 4 and 8 inches, with some locations in Edgecombe county recording nearly a foot of snow. The snow created hazardous driving conditions, leading to numerous accidents and several road closures. Many county schools were either closed or delayed the next day or two.

Low pressure moving up the coast of the Carolinas combined with cold air and an upper level disturbance moving in from the Midwest to create a winter weather scenario. Snowfall measured up to around 10 inches in parts of east central North Carolina, while less fell further south in southeast NC and northeast SC. A trained spotter in Robeson county reported 3 inches, and 1 to 2 inches fell in Bladen and Florence counties. Dillon county received around an inch. The rest of the area reported some snow and sleet, but no accumulations. The wintry mix was directly responsible for numerous traffic accidents, reported by 911 and law enforcement.

A winter storm struck parts of northeast North Carolina. The storm struck a relatively small area, but the locations that had snow received impressive totals. Some specific snow totals were: Aulander 15"; Woodland, Winton and Murfreesboro 13"; Rich Square and Como 12"; Gatesville 11"; Windsor and Conway 10"; Eure and Milwaukee 9"; Edenton, Ahoskie and Moyock 8"; South Mills and Sunbury 7"; Severn 6"; and Weeksville and Seaboard 5".
NWS SummaryCase Study from the NWS Raleigh
Injuriesnot availableDeathsnot available
Property Damage$20,000 to $25,000Crop 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

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