Another mild couple of days are in the forecast for the High Country – about 8° milder than normal. On the low side of the forecast we are going to be some 13° milder than normal which probably means no snowmaking tonight. We’re seeing another temperature inversion this morning where it’s 25° at Valle Crucis and 41° on top of Beech Mountain. Maybe they can make snow at Valle Crucis and truck it to the slopes!
The normals for this time of year are 41° for a high and 21° for a low temp. The records for this date are:
69° for a high recorded back in 1999
-11° for a low back in 1986
The most single day snowfall on this date was 6” back in 1985.
All of the talk is still hovering around “when will a more normal winter pattern hit the region?” The answer is not as soon as some were stating and hoping just days ago. We’ve glanced at the long-range forecast and the high side of temps are looking more normal for the next 7-10 days, but the low temp side isn’t. After today and Sunday, we’re not seeing any of the real mild/warm temps in the forecast, but even though the highs for the next several days are hovering in the 40s (about normal), the lows are in the mid 20s to 34°. Not mild, but not exactly cold either. That’s through February 6th. It will be interesting to see what the Skiing Weatherman (Herb Stevens), Ray Russell, Brad Panovich, et al, have to say about all that cold air that is supposed to be trying to get down here. It’s going to have to try a little harder!
Here’s the forecast details for the next few days:
Saturday…Partly cloudy. Highs around 50°. South winds around 5 mph. Overnight lows around freezing.
Sunday…Showers…Mainly in the morning. Highs around 50°. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Overnight lows near 38°
Monday…Mostly cloudy in the morning…Then partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs around 50. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Ovenight low near 32°
Tuesday…Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow or possibly rain showers. Breezy with lows around 30. Highs around the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation 30 percent. Tuesday Night should get cold enough to make snow at 24°
Wednesday…Looks like a Partly Cloudy day and near normal temps for this time of year with a high near 43° and a low of 25°
Until Next Time!
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