Snow Totals: Parts of Appalachia and New England Buried by Early Taste of Winter
It’s getting to be that time of year again, the time when people around the country are breaking out winter coats and snow shovels.
And over the weekend some people in parts of the South and Northeast were digging those items out sooner than they expected.
Unseasonably cold air, a strong upper-level low pressure system and ample Gulf moisture came together for a record-breaking snow storm in parts of the Appalachian Mountains. Snow totals ranged from a dusting in parts of North Georgia to a reported 22 inches near Sevierville, Tenn. — just outside of Knoxville.
Photo credit: LeConte Lodge
(Huge snowfall as captured by the staff at LeConte Lodge in Tennessee.)
Photos from the lodge, which is located within Great Smoky Mountains National Park, show staff members in waist-high snow drifts. They had to dig their way out of the snow. In a blog post on their website, management at the lodge said temperatures were in the 20s for highs and teens for lows, during the height of the storm.
Elsewhere in the Appalachian Mountains — along the Tennessee-North Carolina border, snowfall totals generally ranged from 4 to 6 inches. Some isolated locations saw up to 10 inches of snow. All of the wintry weather made travel in the area very treacherous.
Interestingly, the BAMS model — an in-house weather model at WeatherNation — was nearly on-the-nose with the extremely high snowfall totals in east Tennessee. Other, more widely-used, models under performed on estimating snow totals.
The south wasn’t the only place hammered by heavy snow and gusty winds, parts of New England — mostly Maine — dealt with periods of heavy snow and near-blizzard conditions, on Sunday. A wide swath, of more than a foot of snow fell across much of eastern Maine. The heavy, wet snow caused trees of fall and thousands to be left without power.
As of publication, more than 76,000 Central Maine Power customers were still without power. Afternoon highs on Monday were only expected to be in the upper 30s, across the region.
Here are some of the top verified snow totals from this weekend:
• near Sevierville, Tenn. — nearly 22″
• near Ludlow, Maine — 16″
• near Bangor, Maine — 14.5″
• near Hartford, Tenn. — 12″
• near Marshall, N.C. — 10.2″
• near Winterport, Maine — 9″
• near Youngstown, N.C. — 9″
• near New Sweden, Maine — 8.5″
• near Flat Springs, N.C. — 7″
• near Newport, Maine — 6″
• near Roan Mountain, Tenn. — 4.5″
Meteorologist Alan Raymond