Windy – Ah said, Ah Said, I Mean – W-I-N-D-Y and Snowy Today!

You think that the winds are heavy this morning, think again.  It’s only forecasted to get even more windy.  The temps nose-dived late last night and we began receive some reports of light snow at Beech Mountain first. The winds kicked up earlier in the evening (6pm or so) and that was a harbinger of things to come. We saw a gust of wind at around 24mph late last night and thought for a moment “well M-A-Y-B-E the winds won’t be too bad.”  Sorry, but we’re forecasted to see the AVERAGE wind speeds in the 40-50mph range as the day goes on and gusts up to 70mph!  With the moderate to heavy snow squalls that will be very blizzard-like!

There will probably be some power outages and tree’s knocked down across the region.  Snow totals won’t be that impressive with this storm, according to all forecasters.  Expect 1-4” in many locations of the High Country (Boone, Blowing Rock, etc) and more towards the Tennessee line – 4-6” perhaps isolated heavier amounts on top of Beech, etc.

The snows are light right now but they will pick up as well.

Saturday…Snow showers…With damaging winds developing. Snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches…With 6 inches in the higher elevations. Early highs in the lower 30s…With temperatures falling. Northwest winds 40 to 50 mph with gusts up to 70 mph this afternoon. Tonight’s low should be good for snowmaking and the winds will begin to settle down by AM Sunday as well.  Expect a low of around 22°

Sunday…Partly cloudy in the morning…Then clearing. Windy with highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph…Decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Low near 30°

Monday…Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers. Breezy with highs in the upper 40s. South winds 10 to 20 mph.  Low near 35°

Tuesday…Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain showers. Highs of 48° and low of 37°

Wednesday…Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 40s and lows near freezing.  We may see a snow flurry or two late with temps dipping in the upper 20s or low 30s.

Thursday…Partly cloudy in the morning…Then clearing. Highs in the lower

You MAY want to stay inside today, but if you go out…by all means dress in appropriate cold weather gear.

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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.