Will it ever snow again in Fayetteville?

There isn’t much that makes me happier than a good, school closing, tree-beautifying, deep, ground-covering, up-to-your-knees snow storm.

Growing up near Fayetteville, it seemed like it happened all the time. Every winter, we’d get two or three good ones, and as a kid, I would make snowmen, and snow angels, and have snowball fights and and make snow ice cream, and slide down the hills in Wilson Park or Mt. Sequoia, or somewhere in whatever we could find to make a sled or snowboard out of. It was awesome.

For the last several years, though, snow has been scarce in Fayetteville. Outside of a few good ice storms (including one really good one last year), we don’t get much winter precipitation at all lately. The cold weather today, and all the talk of snow on Twitter and Facebook got me thinking about the fact that I can’t even remember the last time we good a good 6 or more inches of snow in Fayetteville.

For those of you who’ve lived in the area a long time, am I crazy? Back in the 80’s and 90’s, didn’t we get more snow around here than we do now? Is it global warming? El Nino? (Remember El Nino?). I’m not talking about the dustings that we’ve seen in the last few years; the ones that come in the evening, and are melted by 10:00 am the next morning. I’m talking about a real snow storm.

Does anyone remember the last time we got some real sled-worthy, ground-covering, jump-off-the-roof-of-your-house-into-a-huge-pile-of-soft-frozen-awesomeness snow storm in Fayetteville? Are we ever going to get another one?

Do you guys even like snow?

[Photo by clappstar via Flickr and Creative Commons 2.0.]