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Unusual snowstorm slams South Carolina, Tennessee

Although a snowstorm was predicted for much of the Northeast during Halloween weekend 2014, the range of the snowfall exceeded the expectations of many. The precipitation was somewhat early for areas like Maine and eastern Massachusetts, which dealt with severe storms at the end of October in past years. However, it wasn't too far from the norm for the region. The major impact came in South Carolina and surrounding states, where the storm dropped more than two feet of snow in some areas before the official beginning of winter.

Heavy snowfall hit South Carolina and other parts of the MidAtlantic on Halloween weekend 2014

Record snowfalls in some areas
ABC News pointed out that Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee experienced a significant accumulation of 22 inches. This caused lock-in conditions for travelers staying at resorts and lodges in the area who had to wait days before enough snow could be removed for them to leave. The total snowfall in Tennessee is especially impressive considering that the Canadian border village of Cary, Maine saw a total snowfall of 21 inches, according to The Weather Channel, despite being hundreds of miles north of Tennessee. While areas such as Providence, Rhode Island, and Boston's Logan Airport experienced a dusting or accumulation of less than an inch, significant areas of South Carolina and other southern states were hit with heavy snow. The Weather Channel pointed out that the area had experienced a string of 80-degree days prior to the storm.

Travel problems severe and long-lasting
Although predictions related to the storm were issued as early as a week before it hit the region of South Carolina including cities such as Spartanburg and Greenville, local residents and authorities were mostly unprepared for the enormity of the snowfall. Incident management plans simply weren't up to the task for such a heavy snowfall, especially considering the limited resources available to combat snow on roads at that time of year. The storm centered around a stretch of I-26, which caused significant travel problems both for local residents and those traveling along the interstate for business and personal reasons. Daily operations for businesses were delayed or canceled as employees couldn't reach specific operational buildings and facilities or had to spend hours doing so. Although major airports in the area weren't dramatically affected, travel to those facilities was difficult for those caught in the storm's path.


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