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March 24th-25th, 2018 Snowstorm

Surface low pressure tracked from the northern Rockies, early March 23rd to the southern Appalachians by early March 25th. This system tapped enough gulf moisture and combined with strong upper level support and energy to provide a narrow but heavy swath of 1.50 inches of liquid equivalent precipitation. Given time of year, this translated into a heavy wet snow with accumulations of 8 to 15 inches, and isolated amounts upwards of 18 inches. This resulted in Significant tree damage and widespread power outages across the area. Some freezing rain and sleet occurred further south into southern Virginia and northwest North Carolina.

Tens of thousands were without power in West Virginia into Virginia, and it took several days to get power restored. The last time we had  this many outages, was during the derecho in June 2012.

Snowfall Analysis
Snowfall Analysis from March 24th-25th, 2018 snowstorm