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What are Charlotte’s chances of March snowstorm?

Spring may have arrived as far as the calendar is concerned, but it was tough to tell when the snow fell Thursday, March 11, 1983 in Charlotte. UNCC students Bill McMillan and Tom Lambert took advantage of the surprise weather and spent the afternoon cross country skiing on a campus athletic field.
Spring may have arrived as far as the calendar is concerned, but it was tough to tell when the snow fell Thursday, March 11, 1983 in Charlotte. UNCC students Bill McMillan and Tom Lambert took advantage of the surprise weather and spent the afternoon cross country skiing on a campus athletic field. Observer File Photo

This week’s weather has bounced around so much you might wonder whether it’s also going to snow. Even though spring officially arrives at 6:45 p.m. Friday, don’t count out snow for the season just yet.

None of the fluffy stuff is in the seven-day forecast put out by the National Weather Service office in Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., but Charlotte has seen springtime snow even into April in decades past.

Every day in March has seen snow one year or another, said NWS climatologist John Tomko.

“You can’t rule it out yet,” Tomko said. “But the season of snow is closing fast.”

That’s probably what folks thought in 1928, when a trace of snow fell in Charlotte on April 28, marking the latest date ever for its appearance in the Queen City.

“You go to Asheville, there’s been snow well into May,” Tomko said.

The last time snow fell in April in Charlotte was April 4, 1987, when a trace amount was recorded, Tomko said.

In 1880, 3 inches fell April 8, and 0.6 inches on April 3, 1915, he said.

In all, 12 dates in April have seen snow since the late 1800s, although most were of a trace amount, Tomko said.

Big snows have fallen in late March, however.

The most recent one came on March 24, 1983, when 10.3 inches were recorded, Tomko said. In 1976, 5.4 inches fell on March 25.

“We’ve had some significant snows late in March,” he said. “There’s definitely a chance.”

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