Carolinas Hit Hard by Winter Storm

This week’s snow event produced one of the heaviest one-day snowfalls on record in Charleston. Up to two-tenths of an inch of ice was reported in Charleston County, before precipitation changed to snow on the afternoon of Jan. 3.

While snow and icy conditions are to be expected in the Northern United States, the sheer amount produced in the *South* may have caught some residents there off-guard. Charleston International Airport picked up 5.3 inches of snow Jan. 3, making it the third-heaviest one-day snowfall on record there. It’s also the city’s heaviest one-day snow event since Dec. 23, 1989, when 6 inches accumulated in Charleston.

Just to the northwest of Charleston in Summerville, a total of 7.3 inches of snow was recorded, the most for any location in the state.

Thursday’s snow storm hit eastern and southern portions of North Carolina the hardest, with snow totals ranging 2 to 8 inches, even more in the Northeastern corner of North Carolina. In the central part of the state, the sandhills were hit with 4 or 5 inches of snow on average.

The American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union Wednesday announced Farm Town Strong, a campaign to address the rural opioid epidemic. The Farm Town Strong campaign comes on the heels of a recent survey commissioned by AFBF and NFU that highlighted how the opioid epidemic has hit farmers and farm workers especially hard. While just under half of rural Americans say that they, a family member or friend have been directly impacted by opioid addiction, for farmers and farm workers it’s 74 percent. The campaign will provide resources and information to help farm communities and encourage farmer-to-farmer support to overcome the crisis. The groups have launched a new website,, to provide access to information and resources that can help struggling farm families and rural communities.