Have an upcoming road trip? You may want to avoid some of the nation’s snowiest counties for your winter travel plans.
To the identify the snowiest county in every state, 24/7 Wall St. calculated the average snowfall on days when it snowed during the winter months – December, January, and February – from 2016 to 2018 for all U.S. counties using weather station-level data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.
Counties that only had one snow event in the past few years or did not have multiple snow events spanning the months in consideration were excluded from the list. For this reason, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Mississippi do not have a county listed.
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In North Carolina, the snowiest county is Chatham, located in the central Piedmont region of the state. While the average winter temperature in Chatham County is approximately 32 degrees – warmer than western counties in the Appalachian Mountains region of the state such as Watauga, Ashe, and Yancey – the average snow accumulation of 4.7 inches on days with recorded snowfall in Chatham County is the most in the state.
Counties with above-average snowfall accumulation in warmer states tend to be more prone to ice- and snow-related storm damage. Last winter, for example, a winter weather phenomenon known as bombogenesis blanketed much of the East Coast in snow, with ice buildup on major roads stretching as far south as the Florida Panhandle. The storm resulted in closures of major highways throughout the Southeast and mid-Atlantic, and in a major increase in reported motor vehicle accidents.
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