HISTORIC MAY SNOWFALL: Looking back at May 1992 snowstorm in NC Mountains

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Twenty-five years ago Monday, a major winter storm slammed portions of the North Carolina mountains, bringing snow to elevations as low as 2,000 feet.

The record-breaking storm, which occurred from May 5-9, 1992, brought rain to the Charlotte area, but places like Mount Mitchell, Mount Pisgah, Grandfather Mountain and even Asheville accumulated snow.

The highest snowfall totals were found on Mount Pisgah, which totaled to nearly 60 inches with the help of snowdrifts. Mount Mitchell topped off at 30 inches, with Grandfather Mountain getting just shy of 1 foot.

Lower elevations, such as Asheville and Cataloochee, saw less than 1 inch. The heavy snowfall caused many trees, which had already bloomed, and power lines to fall, leaving many residents without power.

Records in the mountains included highest May snowfall totals and latest snow accumulation.

Across the Tar Heel State, this strong storm brought not only snow, but record-setting chill and wind.

Charlotte set record minimum highs in the 40s on May 6 and 7, which still stand. Meanwhile in the high country, Mount Mitchell recorded a low of 25 degrees.

The storm also cranked wind gusts up to 63 mph in Swannanoa and up to 40 mph in the Greensboro area.

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