It’s Going to be a Wet One Today – But Snow Tomorrow!

On this date back in 1965 we saw more than a foot of snow fall across the mountains. Back in 1977 we saw MINUS 16° for a low temp. Yowsers!  Well we won’t see anything like those kinds of numbers for today or Wednesday, but there IS some light snow in the forecast for tonight and Wednesday. Right now it’s looking like another 2-3” of snow for most areas.

The other great news is that cold, snowmaking temps should enter the picture tonight and most all day on Wednesday and Wednesday Night so the snowmaking crews at all resorts will lay down some sweet snow.  That’s good news because we noticed some bare spots showing at several resorts yesterday – even after 4” of snow up at Ski Beech over the weekend…combined with snowmaking. Unfortunately TODAY will be a little more of the “under-developed” variety of snow.  Today is kind of a “take a breather day” anyway with the MLK crowds now home or headed that way. Conditions will be wet all over the Southeast for today.  We may see a break or two in the light rain that will allow a run or two but that’s about it for today.

Wednesday will be snowy at most areas across the state, with the exception of down around Sapphire Valley where the forecast is for Partly Cloudy skies.  Go figure!  The areas that will see snowfall won’t get a ton…with forecasters saying to expect 1-3” or so across the North Carolina Mountains.

We’ve received some emails asking us about this winter and “how mild” it has been.  Actually, it’s been a decent one thus far.  Beech and Sugar have seen nearly two feet of natural snow thus far on the season and Cataloochee has received 18” of snow on the season as well.  Appalachian, in Blowing Rock has received a bit less with 13” on the season.  The slopes have stayed in pretty good shape with bursts of near-perfect conditions.  There have only been MAYBE four days within the season so far wherein we’ve seen any kind of what we’d term as near yuck conditions! Today may classify as one of those.  Rainy, with bare spots and thin coverage showing around the state.

Tomorrow things will look pretty nice with firmed up snow, natural snowfall and cold, snowmaking temps.  That will make for a nice Thursday and Friday.  Then we’re looking at some MORE mild temps…but we will keep you posted.

Keep your chin up and keep checking back here for updates.

Quick 8:30AM Update –

Hats off to Hawksnest and Sugar Mountain who both reported 1" and 2" drops in their base depths.  Great job guys.  Everybody else – no change.

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.