RAIN TODAY, SNOW AHEAD and COLD TEMPS and SNOWMAKING!!!

The expected milder temperatures and moderate rain have made it to the region. As of 7:45am it is:

45° at Beech Mountain
47° at Sugar Mountain
49° at Seven Devils
51° at Cataloochee
41° at Appalachian Ski Mountain
48° at Sapphire Valley
45° at Wolf Ridge

46° at Bryce Resort
45° at Massanutten Resort
43° at The Homestead
42° at Wintergreen Resort

46° at Canaan Valley
46° at Timberline Resort
43° at Snowshoe Mountain
48° at Winterplace Resort

39° at Wisp Resort
54° at Ober Gatlinburg

The coldest spot in the region at 8am was Wisp Resort and the mildest was at Ober Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with a 54° reading. Moderate to heavy rain is widespread across the region.

Sugar Mountain is the only ski area open and they are reporting a 3-15" base of wet granular conditions. Got to hand it to them, that is accurate reporting! I’ll bet there are some hard-core "takers" that will surf the two trails today!

We have FLASH FLOOD WATCHES in some areas of the mountains. Many of the mountain communities of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic NEED rain and some of those communities may see as much as 2-4" of it between now and Wednesday. That’s not great news for the ski areas that made a bunch of snow during this past weekend’s cold blast. So let’s hope that the rain falls where it is most needed and stays away from the ski areas that have all put down a good base at this point.

We found Brad Panovich’s newest forecast in our SPAM folder so it’s already old news, but we’ll be sharing those with you guys now that we’re moving from pre-season to ski and snowboarding season. The gist of most forecasts is that we can expect some heavy rain today and moreso this evening and a thunder storm is not out of the question. The good news is that temperatures will fall sharply late tonight changing any leftover precip to snow showers and flurries into Wednesday morning.

SIGNIFICANT SNOW MAY FALL!!!

We’re not seeing this in most of the forecasts that we checked this morning, however the NWS is forecasting some significant SNOW for some portions of our coverage area on the backside of this rain event. Here’s the summary:

Tonight – 1-2" of SNOW is possible around Snowshoe Mountain with new snow accumulation on Wednesday of 3-5" of snow. So they could see as much as 7" of snow by late Wednesday!

Wisp Resort in Garrett County, Maryland could see as much 1-2" tonight and another 1-3" on Wednesday for perhaps 5" of snow.

Winterplace Resort isn’t expected to get more than perhaps a dusting tonight but 1-3" of snow on Wednesday.

This particular snow event seems to be isolated to the northern tier of our ski community coverage area from Winterplace north. The North Carolina mountains are expecting only a dusting of snow this evening and maybe an inch of snow Wednesday and that may be only towards the NC/TN line.

THE GREAT NEWS IS PERHAPS THE BEST/LONGEST COLD SNAP SO FAR

The longrange forecast through December 9th looks for plenty of cold temps to make snow for most every ski community with some around-the-clock snowmaking for many resorts. That is GREAT NEWS as we now transition to December. All of the ski resorts will be focusing on building base depths on their most important slopes and terrain and as long as the weather holds we’ll see them migrate to getting all of their slopes open as we near the Holidays ahead/

Here’s the latest forecast…

NC SKI AREA FORECAST

Tuesday: Hi 55 Lo 34 – Heavy Rain changing to snow late

Wednesday: Hi 34 Lo 19 – Cloudy AM Gusty winds then clearing

Thursday: Hi 38 Lo 24 – Sunny

Friday: Hi 40 Lo 23 – Colder than normal temps and clear

Saturday: Hi 44 Lo 26 – Partly Cloudy with some flurries late

Sunday: Hi 41 Lo 27 – Mostly Cloudy with some light snow/mix

Monday: Hi 38 Lo 26 – Variably Cloudy

Past that looks plenty cold enough to make snow each night through December 9th!

WV SKI AREA FORECAST

Tuesday: Hi 48 Lo 27 – Heavy Rain changing to snow late

Wednesday: Hi 26 Lo 14 – Cloudy AM Gusty winds with snow mix

Thursday: Hi 25 Lo 18 – Some light snow

Friday: Hi 32 Lo 21 – Colder than normal temps and clear

Saturday: Hi 34 Lo 24 – Chance of snow/mix

Sunday: Hi 36 Lo 24 – Mostly Cloudy with some light snow

Monday: Hi 35 Lo 22 – Chance of snow showers

Past that looks plenty cold enough to make snow each night through December 9th with some around the clock snowmaking opportunities.

VA SKI AREA FORECAST

Tuesday: Hi 57 Lo 48 – Heavy Rain

Wednesday: Hi 50 Lo 25 – Cloudy AM Gusty winds with some rain

Thursday: Hi 44 Lo 27 – Clear

Friday: Hi 46 Lo 24 – Colder than normal temps and clear

Saturday: Hi 47 Lo 28 – Partly Cloudy

Sunday: Hi 48 Lo 26 – Mostly Cloudy with some light rain

Monday: Hi 46 Lo 27 – Partly cloudy

Past that looks plenty cold enough to make snow each night through December 9th!

THINK COLD! THINK SNOW!

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. 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.