20 YEARS AGO: Snow blankets much of North Carolina

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Snow in late January 2000 (Photo: WTVD)

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY/WTVD) — Twenty years ago, central North Carolina saw the most snowfall it has ever seen.

Snowfall started the evening of January 24 and continued through January 25 in 2000.

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This wasn’t your typical North Carolina snow flurries. The snow was falling at around 4 inches per hour–an unheard of number in the Tar Heel state.

Snowfall totals from the storm:

  • RDU: 20.3″
  • Chapel Hill: 16″
  • Durham: 18″
  • Wilmington: 4-5″
  • Bladen County: 4-6″
  • Pender County: 3-5″
  • Columbus County: 4″

But after the four snow/ice storms closed out the month, Raleigh-Durham had seen 26 inches of snow and temperatures dropping to nearly 0 degrees.



The January 2000 snow storm was not only one of the worst in North Carolina history, it was also one of the most poorly forecasted snow storms.

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