National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

The November 3, 1999 Snow Event
in the North Carolina Mountains.

NOAA/National Weather Service
Greer, SC


An unusually strong upper level area of low pressure crossed the North Carolina Mountains during
the early morning hours Wednesday, 3 November 1999.  Numerous snow showers fell across most of the 
mountains.  Accumulations ranged from a trace at lower elevations to a few inches above 3500 feet.

Here are some totals:
  • Macon County: 2" of snow around Highlands
  • Avery County: 1-6" of snow. The 6" amounts were confined to the highest elevations such as Beech Mountain.
  • Buncombe County: Up to 1" in the northern part of the county. Icy spots on many bridges at lower elevations.
  • Haywood County: Up to 2" to 3" of snow on grassy areas around Canton.

A 500 mb chart from the overnight hours is shown below. This probably will not mean much to non-meteorologists, but notice the very cold temperatures (-29 to -33 degrees Celsius) over Tennessee and Kentucky. Temperatures are the upper left most numbers on each station plot.

500 mb analysis at 1200 UTC 3 November 1999