Why So Much Snow This Year?

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It seems as if everytime we turn around, snow is falling across parts of Eastern Carolina. And that was no exception this weekend for our coastal communities.

According to the National Weather Service, the average of 4 to 6 inches of snow fell in Carteret County this past weekend. But the community of Stacy saw about 9 inches of snow. It was just two weeks ago that the beach saw another major snowfall.

So why so much snow this winter? Robert Frederick is a meteorologist with the NWS in Newport.
"It's unusual for you know, this part of the country to have snow especially this much snow, but ah it's just the way the winter is set up. The eastern part of country has been really cold and when you have cold air in place and you have moisture moving in you can always have potential for snow."

At the NWS location in Newport, they have picked up just over nine inches of snow this winter, three times the yearly average.