The Southeast Continues to be Split in Two Weather-wise


“The Tale of Two Regions”…is what the title to the recent weather pattern should be.  Typically you can generalize the weather of the Southeast’s highest elevations into one weather forecast and just add or subtract a few degrees and a few inches of snow, etc.  That had NOT been the case recently.  While the North Carolina Mountains are “enjoying” Spring-like 63° highs for today, other areas – like Wisp Resort at Deep Creek in Maryland are some 20° colder…today!  Check out these varied forecast as we travel North to South at some featured ski areas of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

WISP IN MARYLAND – Variably cloudy today with highs near 43° and lows tonight holding at about freezing. There’s a 50% chance of rain tonight and 70% chance tomorrow and changing to snow Thursday night as temps drop into the low 20s.  Friday – SNOW and a high of 35°.  Friday night will be frigid with lows around 17° and more light snow.  Saturday should be beautiful and sunny with highs in the mid 30s and lows around 20°.  Sunday should be equally as beautiful.

SNOWSHOE IN WEST VIRGINIA – 30% chance of light rain today with highs in the low to mid 40s. Thursday shows a 60% chance of more under-developed snow and a high of 48°, but that rain SHOULD develop into Snow Thursday night as temps drop into the teens to near 20°. Then there are chances for snow – Friday, Friday night, Saturday and even some flurries on Sunday.  Highs Friday should be in the low 20s and Friday night may get to single digits.  Saturday should be a BANNER DAY to be on the slopes at Snowshoe with fresh snow and highs in the 20s and lows – in the 20s.  Sunday should be snowy and highs near 30°.

As we drop down into Virginia , we’ll visit MASSANUTTEN RESORT – Look for mostly sunny to variably cloudy skies through the next few days with a 50% chance of rain tonight and tomorrow…but the rest of the period from today through Sunday looks nice.  Highs today will only be in the mid 40s and upper 50s on Thursday. Friday looks perfect with highs in the low 40s and lows in the low 20s. Much the same for Saturday.  Good snowmaking temps at night and sunny skies to play all day.

The further South we go, the less moisture there is and that is reflected in the forecast for OBER GATLINBURG IN TENNESSEE – They are looking at highs today around 67° under sunny skies.  Thursday will also be in the 60s.  Friday cools to about 50° and Friday night may get cold enough at 28° to make snow.  Saturday should be around 55° and sunny and nighttime temps should get down to 28°again.  Sunday looks equally as pretty.

NC MOUNTAINS – March 20th, the official first day of Spring is some 19 days or so away, but I’d almost bet that day will be colder than we have this morning. We’ll look back when that comes and see if the high on the 20th reaches the expect high for today (63°).  Today feels more like Spring, than a lot of official Spring days in the mountains of Western North Carolina .

Today’s high will be around 63° and the low only around 48° under variably cloudy skies…and it WILL be another windy day in the neighborhood.  Winds are expected to be in the 10-20 mph range with higher gusts, and actually getting somewhat stronger as the day goes on.

Thursday should be variably cloudy with a slight chance of light rain mixed in with the cloud cover.  Thursday’s high will be 56° and the low tomorrow night should get to about freezing. (May see some snowguns fire up.)

Friday things get back to normal with partly cloudy skies and a high slightly cooler than normal of 43° and the low Friday night of 25°. Saturday looks variably cloudy with normal temps of 47° for the high and 29° for the low.

Right now, Sunday and Monday look a little sketchy still.  The high Sunday may be in the mid to upper 30s and some are saying as warm as 44°.  There’s some chance of snow Sunday into Monday but nothing more than a flurry or two as it looks right now.

Get out and enjoy what should be the warmest day since back in mid November here in the mountains.

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.