January 2018 has already earned a reputation as the “winter that just wouldn’t quit”. From record cold to record snow, it was one of the more unusual months in recent memory here in eastern North Carolina. But the winter of 2017 was also unusual.
On March 12, 2017, light snow fell across several counties. A coastal low pressure system teamed with a cold front to produce the precipitation. The snow was just heavy enough to produce a light dusting in Greenville (NC), but totals approached 1-2 inches farther south.
March snows are rare in eastern NC, but occasionally impressive. Major snowstorms struck in March of 1980 and 1983. In the 1980 storm, total exceeded 12 inches in some counties.
(images courtesy of the NWS)