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Snow From Winters Past

North Carolina experienced its first blast of winter weather Friday in the form of snow and ice. We’ve enjoyed nesting, celebrated power coming back on to warm our homes, and have tried not to fall into holiday habits that we’ve been ignoring — such as excessive carbohydrates and sugar.

As Mount Mitchell digs out from 66 inches of snow, we thought we’d take a look back into North Carolina snowstorms of the past and share images of winter weather.

Snow looks much more elegant draping across vintage cars and downtown streets.

Snow in Raleigh, NC

From the Charles A. Farrell Photo Collection, PhC.9, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC. No known copyright restrictions.

Snow in the Carolinas

Intersection of Cannon Avenue (no longer in existence, present day vicinity of Dorothea Drive) and Saunders Street. Snow is seen on roadways, houses are seen lining the street 2-3 April 1915. From Carolina Power and Light (CP&L) Photograph Collection (PhC.68), North Carolina State Archives. No Known Copyright Restrictions

Can you imagine waking up to see the power lines down like this? We remember it during Hurricane Hugo, but not sure we’ve ever known snow to cause this type of damage.

Snow in Raleigh, NC

Pictured is Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, NC looking east from approximately present day Horne Street. The landscape is covered in deep snow, power lines are seen toppled over. NC State campus is seen in background with Tompkins Hall, Winston Hall, 1911 Building, and Syme Residence Hall also seen. 2-3 April 1915 From Carolina Power and Light (CP&L) Photograph Collection (PhC.68), North Carolina State Archive No Known Copyright Restrictions

Snow in Raleigh, NC

From the Charles A. Farrell Photo Collection, PhC.9, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC. No Known Copyright Restrictions

The Grove Park Inn is one of our favorite spots and this photo of the Inn makes us wish we were sitting in a rocking chair in front of their roaring fireplaces.

Snow at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC

E. M. Ball Photographic Collection (1918-1969), D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804

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