For the first time in more than 30 years, Greensboro has gone nearly an entire winter without measurable snow.
Greensboro receives an average of about 7 inches of snow during the winter. This season, just a trace has been measured so far. The last time that happened was 1991, according to Jonathan Blaes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. He says it happened during the 1990 season too.
“If you go back before that you have to go all the way to 1952 and 1953," says Blaes. "So this would be the fourth time in 70 years.”
Blaes says although getting this little snow is pretty unusual, it’s not surprising given how the climate has changed over the last 40 years.
“If you look at those averages though, and how they've evolved since the 80s, they certainly have trended downward in terms of snowfall, and that's true at Greensboro and Raleigh and many other places," he says.
Blaes says it’s unlikely that the area will still get snow this late in the season, but it’s not impossible. Snow fell in the Triad on March 17 in 2005 and March 30 in 2003. The last time a major snowstorm hit in April, it was 1915.