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A winter storm, designated as a Miller B type storm, brought mainly snow, with some sleet and freezing rain to the area. The mixture of the sleet and freezing rain cut into the overall totals of snow, but still many saw over 4 inches by the time the storm wrapped up Monday Jan 17th, with the highest totals across the mountains of WV, southwest VA and northwest NC.

The snow began prior to dawn in the North Carolina mountains, then overspread most of the region by midday. Warmer air starting pushing in from the southeast 3-4 thousand feet above ground level, causing a mix to sleet, and freezing rain. This warmer air made it to the I-81 corridor/New River Valley and far SW VA, before the colder air pushed back in as the low moved northeast.


Behind the storm winds gusted over 55 to 60 mph in the mountains. This video was courtesy of Steve Marks in Vilas, NC.

Snowfall Analysis Jan 16th-17th 2022
This is the snowfall analysis from the main storm of Jan 16th-17th
(not counting the upslope that occurred on the 17th).

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