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Winter Storm Diego Lingers in the Southeast Monday
Published: December 10, 2018
Winter Storm Diego will continue to linger in the Southeast on Monday after snarling travel and knocking out power in parts of the region over the weekend.
Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories remain in place from the southern Appalachians to the adjacent Piedmont.
Winter Weather Alerts
Diego has mostly finished up, but some lingering pockets of snow, sleet and freezing rain may continue Monday in parts of the southern Appalachians and adjacent Piedmont region, including eastern Tennessee, far northeastern Georgia, western and central North Carolina, north-central South Carolina and far southern Virginia.
Road conditions will remain treacherous in many locations due to the weekend's snow and ice.
With temperatures plummeting below freezing overnight, black ice is possible Tuesday morning from eastern Alabama into north Georgia and eastern North Carolina.
Diego's top snow total is 34 inches at Mount Mitchell in western North Carolina. Whitetop in far southwest Virginia had the second most snow with 24 inches.
Roanoke, Virginia, reported a snow total of 15 inches on Sunday – the city's heaviest calendar-day snowfall for the month of December – with 2 inches of that falling in an hour. Cars were seen off the road on Interstate 81 near Roanoke Sunday afternoon.
Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina picked up 11.1 inches of snow over the weekend, its third-highest December snowfall on record.
Farther east, Raleigh-Durham International Airport received 7 inches of snow from Diego, its highest December snowfall total in at least 60 years.
Charlotte, North Carolina, received 2.7 inches of snow/sleet Sunday, vaulting the month to the snowiest December there since 1997.
Lubbock, Texas, officially received 10 inches of snow Saturday, ranking as one of the snowiest calendar days on record there.
Snow and ice also spread toward parts of northern Arkansas, southern Missouri and northwestern Tennessee Saturday into Saturday night.
The ice knocked out power and downed trees in Craighead County, Arkansas.
Heavy rain and high-elevation snow caused problems in Southern California on Thursday.
Mudslides and flash flooding forced evacuations and necessitated several rescues while higher elevations in the southern Sierra Nevada picked up 6 inches of snowfall.
Diego also spread snow through the higher terrain of the southern Rockies Thursday into Friday.
Diego's Snow and Ice Totals
All totals below are for snow unless otherwise indicated.
Arkansas: 2.5 inches in Dennard; 1 inch of ice in Harrisburg
California: 6 inches at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
Colorado: 6.5 inches near Skyway
Georgia: 8 inches in Sky Valley; 0.25 inches of ice near Lake Tamarack and Elberton
Kentucky: 7.8 inches of snow in Phelps; 0.28 inches of ice in Scottsville
Maryland: 5.5 inches near Park Hall
Missouri: 2 inches in Kennett
Nevada: 12 inches at Mount Charleston
New Mexico: 5 inches near Kenna and Red River
North Carolina 34 inches at Mount Mitchell; 11.1 inches at Asheville Regional Airport; 7 inches in Raleigh; 2.7 inches in Charlotte
Oklahoma: 3 inches in Elgin
South Carolina: 11.9 inches near Inman; 0.25 inches of ice in Rock Hill
Tennessee: 12 inches near Kingsport; 0.30 inches of ice in Coxville and Paris; 0.20 inches of ice in Westmoreland with reports of snapped tree branches
Texas: 10 inches in Lubbock; 3 inches in Wichita Falls
Virginia: 24 inches in Whitetop; 14.3 inches in Roanoke; 11.5 inches in Richmond
West Virginia: 19.5 inches near Glenray
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