Raleigh Snowfall of January 20, 2009

January 20th, 2009

Our seemingly annual snow event within the same few days of January came today with about 5 or so inches at my house. Here is a look at downtown Raleigh from the usual angles with the snowfall.

Raleigh Snow on January 20, 2009

Snowy houses in Raleigh

Boylan Ave Bridge snow

South Saunders view with snow

Wintry Fayetteville Street

Sledding on Dix Hill

North Carolina Capitol with Snow

Dorothea Dix Raleigh Skyline in Winter

Snow flurries and Raleigh


Snow covered Hillsborough Street trees


I bet there was one hundred people sled riding

Boylan nulls


Rain, snow or shine! (That goes for my camera, too.)

My dog Beau catching a snowball in the yard (my wife took this of her.)
The past several year’s snowfall events can be seen here: January 19, 2005 January 18, 2007 January 2008 (one image)


  1. Anonymous says:

    January 26th, 2009 at 6:26 pm (#)

    S. Wilmington Street has potential, too!

  2. Anonymous says:

    January 30th, 2009 at 11:34 am (#)

    It appears that more snow will be possible this Monday night/Tuesday. A major Nor’easter will attack the entire East Coast of the United States, bringing severe thunderstorms to the coasts and Florida, but snow falling as far south as Birmingham, Alabama. We, however, are right in the middle of all of this. It is currently disputed wether we will get severe thunderstorms or a major snow event. Stay tuned to National Weather Service forecasts throughout the weekend. Whatever happens, it’s gonna be big.

  3. Anonymous says:

    January 30th, 2009 at 11:54 pm (#)

    The Hillsborough St trees shot is awesome. And that’s a lot of snow for NC’s standards…

  4. Anonymous says:

    February 1st, 2009 at 12:40 pm (#)

    awww, what a cute little town you guys have down here.

  5. Anonymous says:

    February 1st, 2009 at 12:42 pm (#)

    380,000 ain’t little, buddy.

  6. Anonymous says:

    February 2nd, 2009 at 12:24 am (#)

    Timing of the critical pieces of the puzzle still needs to be hammered out. Different models have the precipation outrunning the cold air, but there is one (NAM, main American NWS model) that shows the potential for something. But I have a good feeling about a few flakes (at least) Monday night into Tuesday AM. Also a shot at a few flakes Tuesday night into Wednesday AM. As it looks right now sadly, after that, it looks like we’re going to be at/above average for the first half of Feb. Not a favorable upper level pattern for snow development, either.

  7. Anonymous says:

    February 8th, 2009 at 7:28 pm (#)

    Great photos! Everything looks so pretty when it’s snow covered. At least Raleigh rebounds quickly from snow, whereas in Pittsburgh, PA, it was snow and cold day after day and week after week. The novelty has worn off. I’m surprised that people actually had sleds to use. My son moved to Raleigh for a job and told me that his offices was closed due to the snow. Now if they only did that in Pittsburgh!

  8. Anonymous says:

    February 19th, 2009 at 7:36 am (#)

    We need some new ones… spring must be around the corner, and I can’t wait!


  9. Anonymous says:

    September 9th, 2009 at 2:11 pm (#)

    Nice pics! Raleigh looks great in snow.

  10. Anonymous says:

    September 10th, 2009 at 4:39 pm (#)

    Correction 406,000 ain’t little!

  11. Anonymous says:

    September 15th, 2009 at 7:50 am (#)

    When did we break 400,000?

  12. Anonymous says:

    September 15th, 2009 at 9:24 am (#)

    Probably like last month… LOL the last population estimate was 392,552 on July 1, 2008 I believe so it’s likely we crossed the 400k mark.

  13. Anonymous says:

    September 15th, 2009 at 4:44 pm (#)


  14. Anonymous says:

    September 16th, 2009 at 4:48 am (#)

    Maryann….RAleigh doesnt have the snowplows to support the city. We can go a year or even TWO years with NO snow. The city would be wasting money (In their opinions) So the city will close down. On another note, Raleigh recieves more ICE and Sleet than snow..that explains the confusion of Southern drivers not being able to drive in the snow…..On top of MOST cars up north already have “snow” tires, where as the south, we dont really need them! I have lived upstate New York as well (Syracuse) I figured that was the “secret” to driving in the snow.

  15. Anonymous says:

    October 18th, 2009 at 1:53 pm (#)

    Anybody see wet snow or sleet mixing with the rain this morning (10/18)? There were some reports of it in Durham, Chapel Hill, and the farigrounds area…

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Raleigh Snowfall of January 20, 2009

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