CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A winter storm Sunday brought snow, sleet, and ice to both North Carolina and South Carolina.
The National Weather Service received hundreds of reports across the Carolinas recording storm total accumulations. While some reports came from public officials, many of the observations were sent in by regular people interested in recording history in their own backyards.
The biggest snowfall accumulation recorded was in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. A measurement of 20 inches was recorded in Mitchell County. Newland in Avery County was close behind with 19 inches of measurable snow and sleet.
A measurement of 9 inches accumulation was made in Greenville County in South Carolina. That measurement was taken in Travelers Rest, which is a 9 mile drive north of the City of Greenville.
The City of Charlotte officially saw 2.2 inches of snow near Charlotte Douglas International Airport. However lesser amounts were recorded in the southern half of Mecklenburg County. A mixture of more sleet dropped accumulations there to about 1.5 inches.
Both Winston-Salem and Greensboro averaged 3 inches of snow.
A light dusting of snow in Winnsboro, which is a 30-mile drive north of Columbia, South Carolina, was the furtherest south report of snow confirmed by the National Weather Service.
How to measure accumulation
Ahead of another possible winter storm this week, here is how you can record and submit accumulations.
On their website, the National Weather Service says it is essential to measure snowfall in locations where the effects of blowing and drifting are minimized. Measurements should reflect new snowfall seen in the past 24 hours.
Measurements can be submitted to your local National Weather Service office by phone, social media platforms including Twitter, or on the mPING app, which crowdsources weather observations using your smartphone.