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Old 02-11-2009, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Barrington,NH
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Default How often does it snow here?

Hi everyone,
I am from southern NH and was wondering how much it snows here? I was looking to move some place that get's pretty much no snow and warmer weather than here in NH. Today it's 52 degrees but that is not the norm for Feb. in NH. My husband is in the computer IT field and we have a 2 year old daughter.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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I've lived here for the past three years and have seen snow once. People say that the Triangle gets a couple of inches of snow a year, but that's not been my experience thus far. In any event, when compared to how much snow falls in NH, I think it's safe to say that Raleigh gets essentially "no snow."

It's 70 degrees here today!
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:07 PM
 
Location: SW Durham, NC (27713)
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I would go with 'Once in a Blue Moon'

Blue moon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And you need to define 'snow' as we may get a light dusting every now and then, but I would not call it 'snow'
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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I've been here since the summer of 2006. In early 2007 we recieved 2, inch snow "storms". I think we also had a couple of dustings in early 2008, and where I lived we had 2 dustings in Nov. 2008. The biggest one yet happened last month (4 inch snow fall).

I think typically we probably get a few inches a year, although the 50 year average is a little higher because of a freak 20 inch storm in 2000.
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:54 PM
 
Location: SW Durham, NC
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I'd say every few years or so a few inches. Every now and then more than that, but that's unusual.
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:09 PM
 
Location: ITB Raleigh NC
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Been here since 84. A normal year is 6 to 12 inches of snow, usually mid January to mid March. The past few years we have gotten less than this, this last January we got 6 inches. One year we got 20 inches overnight, that is a once in a 100 years thing.

We also get freezing rain and sleet. The ice storms are much worse than the snow storms.
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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It is hard to make nay kind of "regular" prediction about snow, because until a month ago, we hadn't had anything much in 4 years. But, I grew up here, and typically would get 2 snows per year of 2-6 inches, as a very general rule.

If you're from NH, you're thinking "No, I said REAL snow, not a dusting", but that's what goes for "real snow" here.

We got 20 inches in 2000, which was a complete freak occurance; even getting a foot is a VERY rare event, probably once a decade.

Of course, bear in mind that this means we have FAR fewer snow plows, salters, etc than you're used to, either.
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:22 PM
 
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but more 'work from home'/snow days!!!
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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How often does it snow here?

I'll tell ya how often it snows here!

TOO *&%*)##%^ OFTEN!

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Old 02-11-2009, 01:43 PM
 
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Been here since 84. A normal year is 6 to 12 inches of snow, usually mid January to mid March. The past few years we have gotten less than this, this last January we got 6 inches. One year we got 20 inches overnight, that is a once in a 100 years thing.

We also get freezing rain and sleet. The ice storms are much worse than the snow storms.
My 13 years in NC would give the same thing. People who have only been in the area for a few years don't really know what a "typical" Raleigh winter would be because it has been in a "snow drought" for a while. It snowed with accumulation of at least 2-3 inches once or twice every year (several years with a good 5-6+ incher and as mentioned be blizzard of 2000 with 2 feet overnight) every year from 1995 to 2004 while we were there, and then very very little winter weather in the years after that (we moved away in August 2007). The average snowfall for Raleigh is documented in most places as 7 inches, which I think seems spot on. The storm of 2000 wasn't enough to "skew the data" It's 100 year average data.

Basically, if you are looking for a place where it NEVER snows...you need to look further south. It USUALLY snows every year; not anything like you have in New England; but it still causes significant traffic problems and school closings when it does snow. If you are just looking for "significantly less snow", then you will be fine.
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