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Snow started falling early Sunday morning, blanketing much of North Carolina by the time the sun rose.

Before winter has officially started (winter officially starts Dec. 21), many areas in North Carolina have already exceeded their average snowfall for the entire winter season.

In a typical year we see 5.9" of @ @RDUAirport This year, instead of half a foot, we've seen OVER a foot of snow. And yesterday, we saw our entire seasonal average, in just 1 day!

RDU averages just under 6 inches of snow per season. RDU averages 0.6 inches of snow in December.

RDU received 7 inches of snow Sunday. That ties the area's third highest daily snowfall amount in December.

Seven inches of snow is the most snow reported at the airport since January 2-3, 2002, when about 11 inches fell.

"We've had our entire winter average in one day," ABC11 Meteorologist Don "Big Weather" Schwenneker said.

Snowfall totals:


Durham Public Schools, Orange County Schools, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools are just three of the school districts who have already announced they will not have classes Monday. A full list of school closings can be found here.


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Drone footage of Brier Creek in Raleigh

  • Person County: 14 inches
  • Wake County: 8-9 inches (in parts)
  • Alamance County: 11 inches
  • Durham County: 12 inches
  • Granville/Vance County: 10 inches
  • Orange County: 10.5 inches
  • Halifax County: 7 inches
  • Johnston County: 3.8 inches
  • Chatham County: 8.6 inches
  • Franklin County: 11 inches
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    National Weather Service has a complete list of snowfall totals

    Those snow totals may make you think we're now done for the winter, but Big Weather warns that is probably not the case.

    "This is typically a snow that we'd January and February. We're just getting this one early this year. But I don't think we're done by any means. I still think we have winter to go through."

    This is one of the biggest snow storms our area has ever seen in early December.