Rutherford County sees its first snowfall of the season

Feb. 19, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

The looming question over whether or not Rutherford County would see snow for the first time this winter was answered on Saturday afternoon.

As temperatures started to fall, the weather gave way to heavy snowfall into the afternoon which tapered off by the evening.

In the end, according to the National Weather Service based at the Greenville/Spartanburg (S.C.) International Airport, the county received just over 1/2 inch north of Rutherfordton and even more in other parts of the county.

“The whole region had between 1-3 inches with the higher amounts coming on the North Carolina-South Carolina border,” said Scott Krentz, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “The mountain counties also had some extra snow because they had some snow showers develop later in the day.”

Cleveland and Gaston counties each received over 3 inches of snowfall while Henderson and McDowell counties tallied just over an inch.

Charlotte accumulated close to 3 inches and Krentz said that there was just over 2.5 inches of snow in Greenville and Spartanburg.

“It was a short-lived system and some of the snow even melted off by nightfall,” Krentz said. “There is still a trace in some areas.”

On Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued an alert for the potential for more winter-like weather conditions leading into this morning. Krentz said that a cold front moving through the area had the potential to bring additional precipitation into Rutherford County after midnight.

According to the alert, temperatures will be cold enough for sleet, freezing rain and some light snow in the area. Krentz said that should turn to rain by the start of the workday today.

“There is nothing major that we are expecting to happen with it,” Krentz said.