HEAVY SNOW IS FALLING!

HEAVY SNOW IS FALLING!

 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST FRIDAY...  * LOCATIONS...MAINLY ALONG AND WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE.  * HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY WET SNOW.  * ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 5 TO 10 INCHES WITH LOCAL   ONE FOOT AMOUNTS OVER THE HIGHER MOUNTAINS. 

 

That is from the NWS for Boone, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain and north through the Virginia and WV Mountains. There's some tweaking to the warnings with most of the heavier snow south of Winterplace, however I wouldn't rule out Snowshoe, Canaan and Timberline also getting in on the act. Light snow began falling in WV and VA earlier before the heavy snow squalls began here in Western NC.

It has quickly covered the ground that was already saturated with close to 5" of RAIN over the previous five days. Heavy rains fell earlier on Thursday and now it is ALL SNOW!

Some forecasters such as Brad Panovich are warning that amounts will be somewhat less than some weather gurus are forecasting. However at this time HEAVY snow is falling!

The local NWS out of Blacksburg, VA is forecasting 6-10" of snow and others are forecasting 3-6" of snow with higher 6-10" amounts around Beech Mountain and perhaps over towards Cataloochee Ski area.
 

We'll post up early in the AM with photos and more news and the results of what fell.

 

Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiNC.com and SkiSoutheast.com. Since September of 1996 he has written more than 2800 articles promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. While attending to the thousands of emails, photo submissions and On-Snow reports that come in all season long, Doble also owns and operates a full service web design and marketing company that has more than 800 clients in 30+ states and several countries. He shares that it was his passion for all things snow that prompted him to start the ski network and since that time the website has gained popularity through it's webcam and weather content as well. Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid snow and water skier, football freak of his alma mater (the University of South Carolina) and hearty promoter of all that is Western North Carolina to West Virginia and Maryland. Mike spends his off time with his horses, playing golf, tennis and boating on Watauga Lake with his family and friends, coaching local soccer teams and oh yes...Snow Skiing!