January, 1988 was a chilly month across North Carolina. On January 15 a small storm over the Atlantic Ocean produced heavy snow along the coast of North Carolina. The five inch total at Wilmington NC was their third highest for any storm in January in 117 years of records. This storm was preceded by a three to five inch snowfall that fell over much of Eastern North Carolina on January 7. So far this year no significant snowfall has fallen and it has been three years since an inch or more has accumulated from a storm.