CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It's been a gorgeous day here in the Carolinas. With highs in the 70s, snow is the furthest thing from our mind. But on this date in 1886, a massive snowstorm brought nearly 4 feet of snow to the Southern Appalachians.
On December 3-6, 1886, a strong area of low pressure coupled with abnormally cold temperatures and produced a wet snowfall across much of the Southeast. Snow fell from Alabama northward to the Carolina mountains, where the highest snowfall totals were recorded. Asheville saw 33 inches of snow with the system, almost doubling the amount that fell during the winter storm of 1993.
In Rome, GA, 25 inches fell and over a foot of snow fell as far south as central Alabama. Montgomery set a record with 11 inches.
Seven inches of snow fell in Charlotte before the storm moved out.