NC county weather warning and watches for significant and severe snow, storm, tornado, ice, tropical systems, and hurricane events in the state.
This page will be updated as we learn of new significant events, and we will start the process of documenting historical weather events in the 100 county regions of North Carolina.
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February 6, 2020
Cities from Charlotte to Raleigh are under an enhanced risk for severe weather as a strong cold front moved through the area. In Raleigh, there were reports of 70 mph winds, several Doppler indicated tornadoes, and torrential rains dropping several inches of water in just one hour.
December 1, 2019: A winter weather warning was issued for Western NC in Buncombe County until 7 am on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Elevations greater than 3,500 feet could see up to a foot of snow. Advisories for the following NC County locations exist as well: Avery, Graham, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey. For elevations lower than 3,500 feet, expect anywhere from 4-6 inches of snowfall near Black Mountain and Barnarsville where wind gusts could reach near 50 mph producing blizzard conditions.
November 2019 – A coastal Nor’easter moving slowly up the East Coast caused Tropical Storm winds, ocean surge, power outages, localized flooding, and heavy rains. This low pressure system affected Carteret, Craven, Onslow, Pender, Brunswick, and New Hanover County.
September 2019 – Hurricane Dorian skirted all of Eastern NC as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 95 miles per hour. Areas affected include Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Carteret, Hyde, and Dare county. This tropical system cause high winds, flooding, downed trees, power outages, and extensive damage especially along the Outer Banks near Ocracoke Island and Cape Hatteras. One day ahead of Hurricane Dorian, a EF2 tornado hit Emerald Isle NC causing moderate damage
September 2018 – Hurricane Florence skirted Coastal NC as a strong Category 1 storm which lingered near the coastal regions of New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, and Carteret County for 3 days causing extensive and major damage to homes, power outages for weeks, major flooding, downed power lines and trees, and high winds. During this weather event, over 50 Doppler indicated waterspouts and tornado signatures were documented. Hurricane Florence is on record as one of the costliest hurricanes in the State of NC. Ivanhoe in Sampson County saw 30 inches of rainfall from Florence.
January 18-25, 2000 – A record of 23 inches of snow fell on Raleigh in Wake County beating the prior record of 20 inches of snow in 1893.
Hurricane Floyd (in 1999, caused 51 fatalities), Fran (in 1996), Berth (in 1996) all are significant storms causing widespread damage in all Eastern NC counties.
March 20, 1998 – A tornado outbreak caused 10 tornadoes resulting in 2 deaths and 27 injuries. In this event, a F3 super cell affected Guilford, Caswell, and Rockingham County. A F2 cell was documented in Wake and Johnston County.
March 6-7, 2014 – McDowell and Yancey received 15 inches of snow during a winter storm.
February 12-13, 2014 – Alleghany and Surry County received 21 inches of snow while Wilkes and Yadkin County saw 18-20 inches of ice and snow.
February 11, 2014 – Hyde, Beaufort, and Craven County saw a very rare 10 inches of snow and ice which is uncommon in Eastern NC because of prevailing ocean and Pamlico Sound winds that typically disrupt events.
January 11, 2014 – A severe thunderstorm moved over the Triad region producing 86 mph winds in Wake County north of Raleigh, 59 mph near Chapel Hill, and 59 mph winds in Randolph County.
January 7, 2014 – Watauga, Avery, and Mitchell County recorded -24 degree Fahrenheit record cold during a winter storm.
February 16-17, 2013 – The ENTIRE State of NC had anywhere from a trace to 4 inches of snow on the ground.
October 28-31, 2012 – After hitting coastal regions in NC, Hurricane Sandy collided with a mass of cold air producing blizzard conditions in Swain and Haywood counties resulting in 26-34 inches of snow and ice.
June 29, 2012 – Moore County recorded a 108 degree Fahrenheit temperature during a heat wave that affected the Piedmont and Sandhills regions. On July 1, 2012 this same heat wave levied 122 degree Fahrenheit temperatures in Jones, Craven, and Pitt counties.
March, 1993 – Asheville in Buncombe County NC experienced blizzard conditions resulting in 18 inches of ice and snow.
November 22, 1992 – A tornado outbreak affected Central and Eastern NC resulting in three F2 and two F3 tornadoes. Areas affected were Cleveland, Chatham, Orange, Durham, Chowan, Perquimans, and Pasquotank Counties. This outbreak resulted in 2 deaths and 74 people injured.
November 28, 1988 – A tornado outbreak occurred over Central NC resulting in a F4 (strongest ever recorded in the state) forming over Wake County and traveling 84 miles on the ground through Franklin, northwestern Nash, central Halifax, Northampton, and northern Hertford counties. This storm resulted in 4 deaths and 157 injuries.
What NC County weather events in your region of the state stand out in your mind? What record cold and heat wave conditions do you most remember?
Which Tropical Storm systems caused as much flooding and damage as a smaller hurricane?
If you live in Western NC near Brevard, Asheville, and other locations, which causes more treacherous conditions, an ice storm or blizzard white out conditions from snowfall?
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