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BEAUTIFUL SNOW FALLS ACROSS ENTIRE REGION!
03.3.13 07:36 AM
Editor's Note: We got a lot of great video and photos from Saturday night's Snowshoe Military Appreciation Concert featuring Uncle Kracker. We'll post it later this evening. Here's a tease: You will want to check back and watch this video as the performers last night were TROOPERS weathering 12 degree temps, heavy snow and still singing their rears off! Check back...
...Banner Elk this AM...
I know this all comes of a bit "whiny" when we're all getting GREAT SNOW right now, but I like to see "the marketing of snow" as a equal thing. As I mentioned on Saturday, many resorts are also official reporting stations for the NWS...and perhaps it would be great to see all of them do so.
If you guys have not made it to the slopes yet this season, then you should plan to do so this week and next weekend. With MORE SNOW forecasted for Tuesday into Wednesday things will be amazing going into the next several days and with some milder temps and sunshine in the forecast for next weekend, we HIGHLY recommend booking your lodging today!
Sugar, Cataloochee, Beech and App will no doubt be awesome going into these last few weeks. Sapphire Valley closes for the season today. Wolf will probably close this next weekend or the following as they usually close earlier than the rest - with the exception of Sapphire.
The Virginia ski areas are looking great with super snowmaking ops. They have probably done the best snow maintenance of all the Southeast resorts this season as they've done it with much less natural snow and more borderline temps than their sister resorts in WV, NC, etc.
The West Virginia and Maryland resorts will unquestionably offer the deepest natural snows and the most terrain to ski or ride on going into this week. However, regardless of which resort YOU call your favorite, things will be awesome today and through this next week.
APPALACHIAN: 6.5" / 42"
BRYCE: NR / 8.5"
CANAAN: 13.1" / 163.1"
WISP: 9" / 147"
OBER GATLINBURG reported the most snow from yesterday with 5" of new snow and 7" from the Wednesday-Sunday storm.
SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN: I KNOW that Snowshoe reported 2" of new snow this morning and I am certain that NOAA and/or their NWS reporting is 100% accurate, but if Snowshoe only got 2" of snow as hard as it snowed ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT and this morning so far, then everyone else also receive an inch or so. I can tell you that there is 7" of fluffy snow on my deck rail that was only 2-3" on Saturday morning. I think perhaps Snowshoe saw 2" of precip and that the snow is deeper.
I'll be checking on my horses at Beech this evening and I'll bet this 2" will be deeper than out at the farm...but I'll report later.
"Winter Storm Advisory an accumulation of 4-6 inches storm total by 1:00pm"
The CRAZY thing is that Canaan and Timberline have ALREADY seen 4.1" in the last 24 hours, 13.1" from this storm and 163.1" on the season. According to David Lesher they have 19" of snow on the ground right now. NATURAL SNOW!
"DUMP ALERT: Weather professionals all over the Mid-Atlantic are watching a big storm that is going to pass over Wintergreen Tuesday night through Wednesday. The exact track of the storm will determine how much snow, however, we are expected 12-24 inches. Stay tuned for details and start planning a way to come to Wintergreen. With more than a foot of fresh snow, this coming weekend will be the best skiing and riding conditions of the year. "
(You HAVE to love positive thinking!)
The CoCoRaHs reporter atop Sugar has reported 4.1" from Wednesday through Saturday morning (he hasn't updated yet this morning) with 3" of TOTAL SNOW DEPTH as of Saturday morning. Giving Sugar the same 4.7" in the last 24 hours would put that Wed-Sun storm total at 8.8" and not the 11" they are claiming. It's still snowing by the way.
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