Spring Break 2007 for the Mountains Sometimes Means Deep Snows!

Happy Easter Everyone!

Spring flowers! Cherry blossoms! …and 7-10” of snow and drifts 2.5 feet deep! That is what we’re seeing here in the mountains! Here we are, on the day BEFORE Easter Sunday and I just left the Banner Elk area where it was 15° at noon — on April 7th! Forecasters had been saying that we’d see an inch or so, mixed with rain and not only were they all wrong, they were wrong in a huge way!

Friday night I drove through a blizzard in Blowing Rock and this morning awoke to a surprise 6-8” of snow. It continued to snow and as I write this update at 1:20pm on Saturday, it continues to snow harder than it did ALL WINTER here in the area. Obviously this doesn’t apply to all of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic, because some areas into West Virginia and Maryland saw some pretty significant snowfalls, but here around Banner Elk, we only had one other snowfall all winter to compare to it…and even it came up short. Some areas around the High Country have “only” seen 4-6” of snow, while some areas near the higher elevations have received closer to 8” or more.

The areas approaching Beech Mountain and out towards Tennessee have seen substantially more! I just left the area just down from Beech and just outside of Banner Elk and there’s easily 7-10” of snow everywhere and drifts along one 200 yard-long ridge averaged more than two feet deep, with some areas nearly waste deep!

Leave it nature to throw this twist! One week after all of the ski areas of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic closed for the snow skiing season…it snows more than it did all winter long – at least here in the Banner Elk area. C-R-A-Z-Y weather.

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