Snow and Cold on the Way!

Another gloomy and dreary morning greeted me when I woke up a little bit ago.  I am not worried though because there is GREAT news…snow and colder temperatures are on the way!  We just have to get through one more day of underdeveloped snow before it turns over to actual snow late this afternoon and early tonight.  It looks like the resorts here in North Carolina will see in the range of 2-4 inches while the West Virginia areas are looking at 4-8 inches up towards Snowshoe, Canaan, and Timberline while Winterplace is expecting 3-5 inches of the white stuff.  Even the ski areas in Virginia are going to get in on the action as those ski areas should expect 1-2 inches by tomorrow morning.  Woo! 

Once temperatures dip below freezing later today, the next 5 days look to provide a large window of opportunity for EVERYONE to make snow.  Resorts in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland should all be able to lay down a ton of snow over the next 5 days.  FINALLY!

<<<< I am looking forward to more of this in the not so distant future!

Like I said though, first we have to get through about 10-12 more hours of some dreary weather first.  Looking around the region right now, I don’t think we will have any open ski areas today.  I mentioned yesterday that Beech and Sugar had closed temporarily, but Cat did stay open.  They haven’t posted any update this morning on either their website or Facebook page, so I’m thinking that they too will be closed for the day.  Quite frankly, I don’t think anybody wants to try and get some turns in today as the weather is going to be pretty nasty.

Speaking of Cat, Mike posted an announcement the other day talking about what a huge success the Can-U-Ski event was this past Sunday.  Apparently they saw record numbers for the annual event.  That’s awesome stuff!  You can read about it by clicking HERE

I’m sitting here trying to think of stuff to talk about, but with the weather being what it is and no ski areas being open there isn’t really a whole lot of new stuff to go over.  It’s the calm before the news and info storm I guess you could say.  I’m about to go get a weather video forecast ready though, so look for that later over on High Country Weather here in a bit.  Also, High Country Web Cams should be an awesome source to look at live views of conditions across the region over the next 24 hours.  It always amazes me how the traffic on that site increases ten fold when there is a snow event.  With the new cams we’re implementing, watching the snow fall is even better now!

Anyways, that’s all for now.  Check back tomorrow morning and I’ll fill you all in on snowfall numbers and other info.

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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.