Southeast Skiers Forecast for February 16th, 2006

This is a huge weekend for the ski areas as President’s Day Weekend offers the last three day weekend Holiday for visitors.  We’re touching on a few highlighted resorts within each region because other than a degree or two of temps, things are much the same forecast-wise.

Wisp Resort in Maryland is looking a partly cloudy skies throughout the long weekend.  Today will be sunny, Saturday, Sunday and Monday should be sunny.  There is a 30% chance of some light rain showers to start your weekend off on Friday but nothing much. Highs today will be in the 50s, lows tonight in the upper 30s.  Friday should be windy with a high around 40° and temps will fall from there to around 30° in the afternoon.  Winds will be in the 25-35mph range with gusts to 55mph. Overnight temps will bottom out at around 16°.  Saturday and Sunday look sunny with highs in the teens and 20s and lows near 10° or so.  Monday will be partly cloudy with a high near 30° and overnight low near 20°.

At Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia , Meteorologist Jeff Haniewich says to expect sunshine at Snowshoe for the day today and highs in the upper 40s to near 50°.  There is a 30% chance of rain this evening and a 50% chance of rain/snow flurries on Friday, but Jeff says that those will be so scattered as to not affect any outdoor activities.

Friday’s highs will be in the 30s to start the day and then fall to single digits overnight.  Periods of rain showers before 9am, then a chance of flurries. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 18 by 1pm. Wind chill values between zero and 10. Breezy, with a northwest wind between 21 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday should be gorgeous with HIGHS in the TEENS and lows Saturday night near 6°.  Sunday should be clear and cold with highs in the teens to low 20s and lows in the teens.  President’s Day Monday offers a good shot at light snow and highs in the mid 20s.

As we mentioned yesterday, Meteorologist Brad Panovich said that this weekend’s snows may be more significant the further south you go.  That can be witnessed by the forecast as we now move down to Nellysford, Virginia – home to Wintergreen Resort.  Wintergreen will see sunny skies today through Sunday.  Today’s highs will be very late Spring-like at around 62°.  There will be no snowmaking tonight as lows will only drop to around the mid 40s.  Friday offers a slight shot at a shower or two but nothing much.  Highs Friday will be in the 50s and overnight lows will drop into the mid 20s.  Saturday things will turn COLD with highs in the lower 30s and dropping into the teens overnight.  Sunday will be much the same.  Then Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday looks snowy for Wintergreen! Highs all three days will be in the 30s or so and lows will be in the 20s. Only light accumulation is expected at this time.  Stay tuned.

We’ll move down to Ober Gatlinburg ski area which picked up a ton of snow from last weekend’s storm.  As we are moving further South you will notice more talk of snow and accumulations. Today will be nice with highs in the 50s. There is a 70% chance of light rain on Friday with highs in the upper 40s and lows Friday night around 28°.  Saturday will be mostly cloudy with some light drizzle changing to snow and accumulations are expected above 2500 feet.  Around 2-3” of snow is expected. Saturday night’s lows should drop to around 20°. Sunday looks snowy with highs in the 30s. Monday and Tuesday look a little wet with highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s.

The North Carolina Mountains are looking a little like mass confusion.  Could be some snow, some rain, some mix.  Who knows!?  Starting with the easy part – today will be partly cloudy with highs again in the mid to upper 50s. No snowmaking tonight as lows will only drop into the upper 30s or so.  Friday like a chance of light drizzle in the AM hours and the nice for most of the day with highs in the 40s and lows near freezing.  Saturday is where the tough forecasting comes in. There’s a decent chance of snow, but more than likely a rain/snow mix.  Highs will be in the low 30s or so and overnight Saturday night the temps will drop to the low to mid 20s.  Sunday will be variably cloudy with highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s.  Monday looks a little like freezing rain.  We told you!  Highs in the upper 30s and lows near 30°

Until Next Time!

Check out www.HighCountryWeather.com  for more information and also be sure to check out www.SkiSoutheast.com  for more weather information about ski resorts to the north!

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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.