66 of Inches of Snow Drops at Mount Mitchell, Setting New Record

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
January 24, 2016 Updated: January 24, 2016

The 66 inches that dropped on Mount Mitchell during the massive East Coast snowstorm set a new record.

The total included five inches that piled on early Sunday, and 41 inches on Saturday

The 66 inches easily bypasses the record of 50 inches that fell in the blizzard of 1993, according to the State Climate Office of North Carolina.

“I haven’t heard anywhere else in the nation getting close to those totals,” meteorologist Jeffrey Taylor with the National Weather Service office in Greer, South Carolina, told the Citizen-Times.

“Mount Mitchell just happened to be in the sweet spot of this storm.”

Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in the Eastern United States.

It’s located in Yancey County, NC, with an elevation of 6,684 feet.

Crews are now using heavy equipment to clear the road in the state park, after white-out conditions throughout the storm.

“Friday we got hammered. It was brutal,” said Bryan Wilder, park superintendent. “We had 4 or 5 inches an hour, and you really couldn’t tell if you were on the road or not.”