Record Snowfall Hits The Little Alamance Creek Watershed Area

Sunday December 9th, 2018 Snowstorm, one for the record books!


The Little Alamance watershed was impacted by one of the largest single day snowstorms to hit the area since the 1930’s. According to the National Weather Service, 11 inches of snow fell in a 24 hour period on Sunday December 9th, 2018. With temperatures hovering in the upper 20’s to lower 30’s, the rain shifted to freezing rain then back to snow early Monday. Looking back on historical information of snow in the Burlington area the Times News Reports:

“Although the winter of 1917-18 was said to be so bad that there was snow on the ground every day between mid-November and the end of March, the first major snow storm of the 20th century didn’t hit Burlington until Tuesday, March 1, 1927. By Wednesday morning there was at least 15 inches of snow on the ground and drifts measured between 3 and 5 feet.

Another big snow hit Burlington before noon on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1940, and by Wednesday morning 18 inches of it had accumulated. The city had a plow by that time, but unfortunately it was at Mayor Earl B. Horner’s farm at the time being used to grade his private road. So it was quite a while before the streets were cleared. During that storm a salesman from New York, staying at the Alamance Hotel, sent a telegram to his boss stating that he couldn’t get his car out due to the heavy snowfall in Burlington. His boss, who obviously couldn’t believe that a blizzard could occur in the “sunny South,” wired back: “Are you drunk?”

The last snowfall in Burlington that could be measured in feet rather than inches occurred in March 1960. It snowed for three Wednesdays in a row (March 2, 9, and 16), resulting in a total accumulation that averaged about 2 feet.

So when “old timers” in Burlington say that current snowfalls are nothing compared to the ones they experienced back when they were young, they are indeed telling the truth.”

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