It's been 20 years since the Superstorm of 93 that brought the southeast record snowfall! 20 years ago, Greenville was on it's way to getting nearly 10 inches of snow, while Mt. Mitchell was gearing up for 50! This was a classic set up that involved a powerful low pressure developing along the Gulf Coast and riding northeast through south GA and up the east coast.
For a complete recap of the storm, check out the National Weather Service @ GSP presentation here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/gsp/localdat/cases/2013/Review_March1993_Superstorm.pdf
My husband talks about this storm often, and it had a big impact on his life. He lived in Alabama at the time, and got around 13 inches in his hometown of Sylacauga. I lived in Houston, TX at the time, so I never got in on all the snow.
The Superstorm of 93 is the storm by which most other winter storms have been compared, and will be compared to for a long time I think. All of the ingredients were there...extremely cold air, ample moisture, tons of upper level dynamics, and a ridiculously intense surface low pressure. This could very easily happen again, and we've had some similar events (January 2011 for one).
No snow storms coming for us as it looks now, but some colder air will settle in tonight! Today we're in the 60s and low 70s in the Upstate, and tomorrow we'll barely get over 50! Some isolated snow showers will develop with the northwest flow near the TN border late tonight and tomorrow. In general, most spots will stay dry in the mountains and Upstate through the week though.
We'll get a nice rebound in temps by late week and weekend. We'll have a slight chance of showers by Saturday area-wide.