Cold, Mixed Bit of Winter on Tap for North Carolina

Another 1-2” of snow fell across portions of Western North Carolina as all of the ski areas reported anywhere from a TRACE of snow to as much as 2”.  Some of the ski areas have picked up about 5” of snow since Thursday or so, and nearly two feet of snow in the last two weeks!

We’re experiencing a mix of precip today as some areas will see snow, some mixed precipitation and some will see light rain.  More on the forecast in a moment. We want to help promote a FUN EVENT for a GREAT CAUSE first!

The 8th annual Polar Plunge to benefit Watauga County Special Olympics will be held this year on Thursday, February 23, 2006.

It is sponsored by the Appalachian State University Police Department, Boone Police Department, Blowing Rock Police Department, Appalachian Regional Health Care System Police Department, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department. Registration for the plunge starts at 3 pm, with the plunge beginning at 4pm at the ASU Duck Pond. In the previous seven years, the Polar Plunge has raised over $40,000 for Special Olympics. All of the money raised for the plunge will stay in Watauga County to support our local athletes. Last year 173 people took the plunge, donating over $7,300 to Watauga County Special Olympics. Promoters are asking individuals wishing to take the plunge to donate $25. For groups of five or more that register as a group they are asking for a donation of $20 per person. Prizes will be awarded for the Most Extreme Costume (male & female) as well as for the top fund raising group and individual. All plungers will receive a Polar Plunge Beach Towel. Anyone interested in taking part in the Polar Plunge or sponsoring a plunger contact Keron Poteat at 264-9511 or any of the Watauga County Law Enforcement agencies involved in sponsoring this event.

…and now back to the forecast:

MondaySnow…Sleet and freezing rain likely this morning…Then a chance of rain or snow this afternoon. Total accumulation around an inch. Highs in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Tuesday…Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday…Mostly cloudy. Rain likely…Possibly mixed with freezing rain early. Highs in the mid 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

Thursday…Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s.

Friday…Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s. Lows around 20.

Saturday…Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s. Lows around 20.

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.