THE CRUEL TRICKERY OF MOTHER NATURE ! HOWEVER GREAT CONDITIONS CONTINUE!

Just before I left my office on Tuesday afternoon I received an email from Brad Panovich of WCNC in Charlotte, NC. He had just informed me that the mountains of Western North Carolina would receive 1-2” of snow and some mixed precip, and he also told me that the high elevations further North into Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland could see from one to two FEET of snow. He did say that most of that region would see a foot and that Snowshoe Mountain would easily see 20” and that it wouldn’t surprise him to see two feet of snow during the Tuesday night to Wednesday midday period. Oh yea, the temperature when I left my office at around 4:30pm was 28° and it had already left a nice coating of maybe 1/2“ on my truck. As I crossed the covered bridge over the Watauga River I saw a good portion of the stream through there was iced over and coated with snow. I thought for a moment about pulling over to snap what was a sweet “Kodak Moment”, but figured that I’d get a better photo this morning after the additional snow.

That was 19° degrees ago. That’s how much the temperature rose during the evening and night time hours across the High Country! The temperature this morning as I write this story is now 40°, which is 12° warmer than yesterday afternoon. However, last night at about midnight or shortly after, the thermometer actually registered a Spring-like 47°. We didn’t get the snow either, and of course I missed my “Kodak Moment”.

I can see Mother Nature and Old Man Winter holed up somewhere in a cheap motel room, sharing an intimate laugh at my expense! (They don’t yet know about our new elite, attack unit! We’ll get them!)

Ann Waters of Spartanburg, SC wrote us this morning, “Hi guys! This weather has to have set some kind of record. I see that the lows yesterday were in the single digits in some areas and now some 30+ degrees higher 24 hours later. Weird isn’t it? Keep up the great website.”

Thanks for your compliment Ann…and yes it is weird. We’re seeing temperature differences across a lot of North Carolina that is showing from 26-30° warmer this morning than yesterday at this time! Crazier still is the fact that the temperature rocketed upwards nearly 15° in less than 20 minutes around from 10pm to 10:20pm last night according to our weather station!

For MORE “Trickery” visit www.SkiSoutheast.com  to see what Mother Nature did up that way!

SKI CONDITIONS WILL BE P-R-E-T-T-Y SWEET ON WEDNESDAY!

Ski Beech was making snow like crazy yesterday, as were many others until the temps went above snow making range and conditions across all of the state will be very nice. The HIGH temps for today were at daybreak and actually they should hold at about where they are now or go slightly cooler and then back into the low 20s tonight. Expect the snow guns to crank back up!

If you have a ski trip planned for this weekend, you are in luck! The weather looks great through the next several days as it should be mostly sunny and highs in the 30s and lows in the teens to low 20s all the way through Sunday and them more snow is in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday, so the GREAT weather continues!

One closing note of continued trickery… Brad Panovich was thrown a major curve as he was calling for 20-24" of snows further north and we received a ton of emails about it.  It happens to the best of them!  Check out www.SkiSoutheast.com for more information on that.

Until Next Time…

THINK COLD AND SNOW!!!

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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.