Snowmaking Temps Coming in just in time for Holiday Resort Openings!

For those of you who have filled our inbox with questions about the weather AND whether or not there will be cold enough air to crank up the snowguns and get the ski season going for the rest of the ski areas…like the old George Michael song said, “You gotta have faith, faith, faith.”

The good news is that the heavy rains of Wednesday are gone and the next few days will be below normal for highs and lows. In fact, night time temps will be good enough in most high elevations to make snow POSSIBLY Thursday night and then definitely Friday night, as well as Saturday through Tuesday nights! Look for the snowguns to crank up at the ski resorts and don’t be surprised if some resorts don’t open on Sunday or Monday. We’ll leave the resort openings prognosticating to…so on to the weather!


Thursday, Friday and Saturday should be relatively nice with highs Thursday around 58° and lows Thursday night near freezing. We might see snow scattered snow flurries Friday morning, and then a high of 43° and Friday night’s low near 28°. Saturday will be about the same and then Sunday and Monday look for Snow showers and highs in the mid to upper 30s and lows in the low to mid 20s. THAT is snowmaking temps people! Tuesday remains unseasonably cold with highs in the low 40s and lows in the mid 20s.


The snowguns will probably crank back up tonight…and we could see some light snow showers early Friday morning. Friday’s highs should be in the upper 20s to low 30s and lows in the low to mid 20s so expect the snowguns to be cranking! Saturday should be partly cloudy with highs near 39 and lows near 30. Look for snow showers Sunday morning and a high near freezing. Lows in the teens. So around the clock snowmaking is on tap for Snowshoe, Timberline, Canaan and Wisp if they choose to do it.

Cold temps should stick around at least through Monday and Tuesday which is great for Thanksgiving skiers’ plans!


The colder temps are still a day or two away for the Virginia resorts and into Gatlinburg (Ober Gatlinburg). Low for Partly cloudy skies and lows around 40 Thursday night. Friday, Saturday and Sunday should be partly cloudy with highs around 49°. Lows won’t dip below freezing until Saturday night when the temp drops to around 28°. Sunday and Monday night should get back into the mid 20s so expect some snowguns to crank up in Virginia Saturday night and through the next few nights thereafter.

Ski Season is only a few days away and it looks like the temps will cooperate for some early season skiing and riding for the resorts that wish to crank up the guns.

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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.