Winter Weather - Winter Storm Database

Started: 06:00 (EST) February 15th, 2010
Ended: 09:00 (EST) February 18th, 2010
Scattered to numerous northwest flow snow showers developed on the evening of the 15th, and continued on and off for more than two days. Three-day totals varied widely across the area, depending upon terrain. While the lower elevations from Bryson City, to Waynesville and Sylva, to Asheville saw little more than a dusting, some of the higher elevations along the Tennessee border, including the Smokies and the Cherohala Skyway received 6 or more inches during the period.


An upper level disturbance passed just to the north of North Carolina, and kicked off a prolonged northwest flow snow event for the northwestern North Carolina Mountains. As the upper level low pressure system moved to the northeast, a persistent feed off the Great Lakes promoted light upslope snows to persist for nearly 72 hours over the northwestern Mountains, where snowfall accumulations were the highest, generally 4 to 7 inches. Elsewhere, only light amounts of snow were reported as the upper level system passed by to the north.
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