DISCUSSION: As we turn the clocks back to February 24-26th, 1914, there was quite an impressive heavy snowfall event which unfolded across a large majority of the Carolinas. More specifically, as seen in the snowfall accumulation graphic shown above, heavy snow fell over most of South Carolina and a good portion of North Carolina. Moreover, to the south of Society Hill, South Carolina, there was an official measurement of 18 inches from this particular winter storm. Note how severe the northwest-to-southeast snowfall depth gradient was across central to eastern portions of North Carolina. Though there were a minimal number of larger-scale weather maps archived at that point in history, it is worth noting that this particular winter storm's snowfall distribution was likely due to a number of different factors. First off, the presence of a coastal low which rode up the East Coast and delivered a coastal to semi-inland snowfall maximum. Secondly, there also was likely a cold air dome positioned just to the east of the long-axis of the Appalachian Mountains which facilitated the heavier snowfall totals across central to eastern sections of the Carolinas!
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