Although significant snowfalls (amounts of 4 inches or more) are rare across eastern North Carolina, heavy snow does fall over the area at times. In fact, outside of the mountains over the western part of the state, coastal sections of North Carolina have received heavier amounts than locations far inland. For example, the record snowfall in Raleigh, 20 inches, which occurred January 20th, 2000, was surpassed by the Blizzard of March 1980, which paralyzed coastal sections from Jacksonville to Morehead City with 2 feet of snow.
Light amounts of wintry precipitation occur every inter, with the greatest freuency inland away from the moderating influences of the ocean.
Light accumulations of now,
sleet, and freezing rain create
slick spots on roads and can
make travel a nightmare, especially on bridges and overpasses which often freeze over first.
The yearly average snowfall for eastern North Carolina