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What a storm! Recapping the Cape Fear's Winter Wallop

We knew we were going to get hit by this winter storm, but even us here in the Weather Center were impressed how fast the snow started adding up on Monday. The light fluffy snow that started off the day was quickly replaced with a relentless freezing rain that glazed over trees, roads, power lines, and cars! (How long did it take you to chop the ice off your windshield??)

Here are some of the numbers from the storm:

You can see the shear numbers are impressive, but it doesn't really show you just how unevenly the snow was distributed across the region.

Location, location, location! Where you lived depended on if you got a lot of snow, or hardly any! As you can see from our StormTrack 3 SnowVision, a narrow - heavy band of snow stretching from Whiteville to Rocky Point to Hampstead and Topsail Beach put down the most impressive accumulations. This happened over the course of only a few hours Monday morning and caused some whiteout conditions on roadways. Outside of this band, accumulations were much less impressive.

In fact, just look at the city of Wilmington. The north side of town saw 3"-4" of snow at the airport, but the south side of the city only saw about 1" of snow in Monkey Junction. In fact, this was hardly much of a storm for areas such as Southport, Bolivia, and Kure Beach.

The freezing rain was impressive as well. As much as .3" of solid ice coating the snow across the region, really testing road crews across the area for Tuesday morning. Overall - it was a nasty winter storm, and one that we don't necessarily want to see again here in this Winter of 2010. That being said, with the current pattern we're in, I wouldn't be surprised one bit if this isn't our last bout with Old Man Winter this year.

Hope you enjoyed the snow safely during the storm, and even had a chance to make a snowman like this one:

If you didn't, you'll have at least a few more days to do so before it melts. (Depending on where you live of course!)



By: Tim Buckley