Cold Air Allows Snowmakers to Blast the Slopes – Here’s the Forecast for the North Carolina Mountains

All forecasters got it 50% correct as far as the forecast for last night and this morning (today) is concerned. They missed it altogether on the snow part of the forecast since nobody got enough to frost the ground,  They were all 0 for 1 on that account.  However they all nailed the WIND storm part of the equation!  Everything EXCEPT snow was flying last night!  We haven’t found any proof of the 50-60 mph winds that many are claiming this morning, but we recorded several areas in the mid to upper 40mph range, and I have to say that the train that was roaring past and sometimes up against the back of my home last night actually shook the house more than a few times!  Unreal winds were experienced from about 8:30pm through the early morning hours.  I would not have wanted to be on a ski slope last night!

Forecasters are expecting today to be more variably cloudy than snow, although we could see a flake or two. The winds should die down SOME, but will still be howling at times today.

Temperatures today will be colder than normal for highs and about 5° colder than normal for overnight lows.  It feels good to say that!

The records for this date are:

Record high was 65° set back in 1949

Record low was minus 5° set back in 1961

Record snowfall for this date was 5” set back in 1958.

Meteorologist Brad Panovich shared a bit of input with us yesterday when he was providing some details of last night’s cold and wind.  He said, “The cold snap that we’ll see beginning Tuesday night will only last a few days before another January warm up ahead of the next system. The night time lows should remain favorable for snowmaking right into the weekend.  That’s when our next storm approaches and this one will be the first in a series of storms into next week that will usher in a colder period for the Southeast. There is cold air already building up in Canada and these series of storms promise to open the flood gates and bring it down south starting next week.  Stay tuned!

That is good news!  Until then…

Here’s the forecast:

Wednesday…Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers this morning… Then partly cloudy with isolated snow showers this afternoon. Very windy. Cooler with highs in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph. Chance of snow 40 percent. Overnight lows will be around 21°

Thursday…Mostly sunny and windy. Highs in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph…Decreasing to 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Overnight lows will be around 22°

Friday…Mostly sunny. Highs around 50. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Overnight lows will be around 32°

Saturday…Partly cloudy. Lows around 30. Highs in the lower 50s.

Sunday…Showers likely. Highs around 50. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Then look for more of a winter pattern of weather ushering in soon!

Until Next Time!

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of, and Since September 1996 he has posted more than 13,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.