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Mount Mitchell digs out following record 66 inches of snow

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Credit: Asheville Citizen-Times

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — This weekend’s snowstorm may have hit Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the Eastern U.S., the hardest.

According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, Mount Mitchell saw a record 66 inches of snow. That surpasses the 1993 record of 50 inches, according to the State Climate Office in North Carolina.

“I haven’t heard anywhere else in the nation getting close to those totals,” meteorologist Jeffrey Taylor with the National Weather Service office told the Citizen-Times. “Mount Mitchell just happened to be in the sweet spot of this storm.”

Mount Mitchell saw 8.5 inches Thursday, 11 inches Friday and 41 inches on Saturday.

Park rangers faced white-out conditions while trying to reach the station.

“We had 4 or 5 inches an hour, and you really couldn’t tell if you were on the road or not,” said park superintendent, Bryan Wilder.

Wilder said the area has about 6 feet of snowpack at this point.