Snow Totals are Trending Upwards for the Next 36 hours!

The groomers were out this morning at Cat

Here is the latest special weather statement released by the NWS (which applies to Beech, Cataloochee, and App):

…accumulating northwest flow snowfall possible across higher elevations late this afternoon through tonight…
A compact but cold upper level low and associated cold front will support snow showers initially limited to elevations above 5000 feet this afternoon before colder air behind the front lowers snow levels to between 3000 to 4000 feet later this evening and possibly to the valley floor tonight. Snowfall amounts of 1-2 inches are possible mainly above 5000 feet, except as low as 4000 feet for upslope areas near the tennessee border.

You could see that “initially” snow was limited to above 5000 feet, but now snow will occur at 3000 to 4000 feet due to a strengthening cold front.

While there is not a special weather statement for the other resorts, many of them (Snowshoe, Wisp, and Winterplace) are seeing upward trends in their snow totals.

I can’t wait for a little late-March Pow tomorrow!

Snowshoe may see 3-5″ between now and Friday evening, AND flurries on Saturday morning. 

  • Snowshoe Mountain:
    • “As temperatures drop we are expecting to see snow later tonight and into tomorrow.”
      • Tonight: New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.
      • Friday: New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
      • Friday Night: New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
    • Recon from Powderidge Lift . . . “Evolution Park is open with a full build, including some super fun jumps. Scope it out from the Powderidge lift.”

Winterplace will have a lite winter refresh tomorrow

  • Winterplace: The only change in their snow report today, is that they couldn’t groom last night. I suspect it’s just a touch warm to run the groomers this morning and they want to preserve their snow.
    • Forecast: Mostly cloudy with chance of some showers. Snow in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow.
      • Tonight: a chance of rain and snow showers.
      • Friday: A chance of snow showers before 11am. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
      • Friday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers before 11pm.

BEECH could see 2-4″ by Friday, others will see an inch or two. 

  • Beech: 
    • Today: New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.
    • Tonight: New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
    • Friday: Little or no snow accumulation expected.
  • A little frozen precip on the lens at Beech this morning
  • Cataloochee: “Today we will be skiing and riding on a base of 30-70″ on 13 slopes and offer one session:  day skiing from 9am-4:30pm with a morning or afternoon half day rate available.”
The groomers were out this morning at Cat
  • Appalachian Ski Mountain: 100% open today
    • Tonight: New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
    • Tomorrow: Little or no snow accumulation expected.
    • Meltdown Games on Saturday and Sunday with tons of events including a Chinese Downhill, Trash Bag Downhill, and Pond Skim.

Wisp will see a prolonged snowfall event with significant snowfall amounts. 

  • Wisp: 3 to 5″ forecasted over 36 hours.
    • Tonight: New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
    • Tomorrow: New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
    • Tomorrow Night: New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
    • Saturday: New Snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
Should be a near white-out at Wisp in the upcoming days

VA doesn’t see any upcoming snowfall, but if you can’t get fresh snow, a spring forecast (for the weekend) is just as good. 

  • Bryce: this weekend’s forecast:
Will be nice at Bryce after a little gloom tomorrow

Re-opening tomorrow:

Wintergreen: “All three sides of the mountain will have trails open. Plus winter hasn’t left – Friday night’s low will be in the mid-20’s setting up the snow for a perfect Saturday and Sunday. Look for bluebird skies, temps in the mid-40’s and smiles on all our faces.”

End of Season Hours of Operation:

Monday, March 18 – Thursday, March 21: Closed

Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24: 9 am to 5 pm

Massanutten: Will offer the only night skiing in Virginia Friday and Saturday night

Late Season | Through Closing Day
March 19 – 21 | Closed
March 22 & 23 | 9 am – 9 pm
March 24 | 9 am – 5 pm

That’s all for today.

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Rudy Ryback
Outdoor enthusiast, skier, snowboarder and telemark skier. Yes, I like to mix it up. While at the University of Colorado, Boulder I became an alternate athlete on the National Championship Ski team. I have had a passion for snow sports my whole life, and that fire continues to burn bright. I spent six years as an instructor at Hidden Valley ski area and loved sharing the gift of skiing and snowboarding with others.Since moving to Western NC I average about 30 days per year at the local mountains and I'm excited about being a part of the SkiSoutheast team.