Winter Storm Database | Event Details

Snow, Sleet
Started: February 22, 2001 at 3 am EST
Ended: February 22, 2001 at 3 pm EST
Cold, dry air plunged south over western North Carolina following the passage of a cold front the day before. Moisture return began almost immediately thereafter, ahead of an advancing storm system from the Gulf Coast region, and as an upper level disturbance approached the area, precipitation became widespread. In the mountains, thundersnow occurred. Elsewhere, accumulations ranged from 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet, although as mentioned previously, snow was the predominant precipitation type across the higher terrain, with numerous traffic accidents reported. In the lower elevation foothill and piedmont, sleet was predominant, although most locations that received any wintry precipitation at all reported a sleet/snow mixture. Salisbury, Hickory and Mocksville each reported around an inch of sleet, and numerous icy roads, in addition to a light blanket of snow. This made for a horrific morning rush hour, with numerous accidents and school closures. The wintry precipitation tapered off from the west during the day.
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