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Old 12-15-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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Default Snow in Greenville, SC

How often does it snow in Greenville, SC?
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:44 PM
 
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We had a white Christmas two years ago. We normally get a couple of snows a year. However, if you are a snow lover like me, all you have to do is drive one hour north to see much more.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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Greenville's average snowfall per year is 4.9 inches (this is based on the new 30 year averages from the National Weather Service, 1981-2010). The old average was 6.3 inches/year.

As noted above, the best pro about living in Greenville/Upstate SC is its proximity to the SC/NC mountains. I live in the city of Greenville and downtown Asheville, NC is a short 75 minutes away. Although Asheville's elevation is only 1200 feet higher than Greenville's, it's climate is really much different. Asheville's average snowfall is more than double Greenville's (11.8 inches) and its summer temps are noticeably cooler. Additionally, 6K foot peaks dot the Asheville surrounds with even cooler temps and much more winter snowfall.

Upstate SC, the Piedmont of NC, and other parts of the mid-Atlantic are subject to "Cold Air Damming" (CAD/"Wedge"). This phenomenon plays a much bigger role in winter weather (than elevation) and can lead to devastating ice storms (the well known 2005 ice storm). This storm lead Duke Power and the City of Greenville to begin burying commercial and residential power lines.

Typically, we have 2-3 weather "events" per year which may average 2 or more inches of snow sometimes mixed with ice. (As noted above) 2010-11's winter was exceptional: it began with a white Christmas (with an inch or two of snow) and 1-2 weeks later 6-9 inches of snow fell over the entire Upstate. School was out for nearly a week.

Greenville and the Upstate are not equipped for rapid snow removal, especially on secondary roads. Snow lingering for days in the Upstate of SC is extremely rare - this is much more common just one hour to the north in the Asheville/Hendersonville area.
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:50 PM
 
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One thing I do remember from our time lived in Greenville back in 2007-08 is everything pretty much shuts down when it snows even if just inch. Greenville does not have much in way of experience or equipment for snow removal or icy roads.

That being said keep in mind most of Greenville roads are very HILLY. Try driving on that! We are used to snow being from the north and know how to handle it but in Greenville the roads are hard to drive in snow and sleet if they do not prepare properly and sand or salt even. Especially being that the roads are all hilly. Not much is level.
Be careful!
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:22 PM
 
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Not enough Remind me that I said that when I'm stuck in my house, should it snow this year
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:17 AM
 
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Also of note, it didn't snow last winter at all, at least not enough where any snow stuck to the ground. We bought our daughter a sled 2 days after the 6" snow fall in early 2011 and there hasn't been snow on the ground since.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:14 AM
 
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snow? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:33 AM
 
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black ice is the main thing you get in greenville. ice storms some bad so bad that tree limbs fall off. i'm not a big fan of snow or shoveling snow myself. i lived in maryland for two years and it would grate on me how the snow drifts would take weeks to melt off.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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Per the weather channel website, at the time of this post, for the Greenville area...


Thu Dec 27

49
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Rain / Snow Showers
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:52 PM
 
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We had a white Christmas two years ago. We normally get a couple of snows a year. However, if you are a snow lover like me, all you have to do is drive one hour north to see much more.
Thank you furmanpals! I love snow too. I will definitely go for the trip to the north!
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