It’s seems like someone flipped a switch this morning. The High Country saw several inches of rain over the course of the last 36 hours. With that came flash floods, water covered roads, and more importantly, filled snowmaking reservoirs. The rain has come and gone leaving snow flurries and very cold temperatures in it’s wake. Sugar Mountain remains open with most of the other ski areas in North Carolina set to kick off the season this weekend. A quick survey of local ski areas shows Appalachian, Sugar, Beech, and Cataloochee all have the guns fired up and are making snow for your skiing and riding pleasure. Temperatures across the southeast ski areas are holding below freezing this morning allowing for some serious snowmaking action.
Laura Parquette at Snowshoe Mountain writes “A light snow is falling already this morning, temperatures have been falling since very early this morning, and the snow guns are already working their magic. Our snowmaking team is out right now–at about 7:30–turning on more guns as temperatures and humidity levels have continued to drop throughout the morning. Temperatures will continue to drop as the day goes on, and we have very cold overnight temperatures predicted, which will allow for tons of snowmaking. And the forecast right now looks like it should provide up to 5 days of continuous snowmaking–from this morning right through Sunday. We have some natural snow possible almost every day, with up to 5″ of accumulation possible before today is over. All in all the forecast is finally starting to cooperate, and without any drastic changed we’ll open on Dec 10th with great conditions across the mountain. Continue to THINK SNOW!” There you have it folks, Snowshoe will be wide open on Friday, December 10!!
The forecast at Wisp Resort in McHenry, Maryland shows a 100% chance of precipitation with 1 to 3 inches of snow possible!
Wintergreen Resort in Virginia plans to get snowmaking ops fired up gain tonight and hopes the get the season started before their scheduled date of December 10!
Here’s the latest…
North Carolina Ski Areas
Today: 30% chance of rain and snow Hi 34 Lo 19
Thursday: Partly sunny, 20% chance of snow at night High 40 Lo 25
Friday: Partly sunny Hi 39 Lo 24
Saturday: Partly sunny Hi 39, Lo 24
Sunday: Mostly Cloudy Hi 37 Lo 23
Monday: Partly Sunny Hi 33 Lo 19
Tuesday: Partly Sunny Hi 31
West Virginia Ski Areas
Today: 80% chance of snow showers! Total daytime accumulation 2-4 inches possible with another 1-2 more inches through the overnight Hi 23 Lo 12
Thursday: 20% chance of snow showers then partly sunny Hi 24 Lo 19
Friday: 20% chance of snow showers and partly sunny Hi 31 Lo 18
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow at night Hi 33 Lo 21
Sunday: 40% chance of snow showers during the day and overnight Hi 33 Lo 19
Monday: 30% chance of snow showers during the day an overnight Hi 29 Lo 16
Tuesday: Cloudy Hi 26
Virginia Ski Areas
Today: Sunny with rapidly declining temperatures Hi 44 Lo 26
Thursday: Increasing clouds Hi 44 Lo 24
Friday: Sunny skies changing to mostly cloudy Hi 44 Lo 24
Saturday: Mostly cloudy Hi 41 Lo 24
Sunday: Partly cloudy Hi 40 Lo 22
Monday: Mostly clear skies Hi 40 Lo 20
Tuesday: Sunny Hi 40
All this said, it looks like Mother Nature has finally granted us some real winter weather!