Winter is coming back and sticking around in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes…are coming in this crazy winter pattern that we’ve been on.  Friday will be mild across the region and we will probably see a little light rain on Saturday before it changes over to snow.  Some forecasters are saying look for more snow than rain even early.  Most forecasters are calling for light accumulations of a couple of inches from Saturday through Monday, but others are for more.  Our call is a 2-4” total during the period with slightly more in some areas.

Yesterday we posted Meteorologist Brad Panovich’s forecast of the possibility of seeing 12-14” of snow spread out over the next week.  We received a few emails asking us to clear that up when no others are forecasting the potential for that kind of snowfall.  However if you look at the cold in place over the next ten days and some of the systems coming around from now to the 12th of February, there IS a chance for that kind of potential out there.  We’ll keep an eye on it for you.

The great news is that once we get past today’s mild weather, winter will be with us through the long range forecasting period with highs in the 30s and low 40s (colder than normal) and low temps in the teens and 20s (colder than normal). Finally!

The normals for this time of year are 45° for a high and 23° for lows.  Last year on this date we saw a high of 37° and a low of 24° with a light dusting of snowfall.

Across the high elevations of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic look for a mild day today and a little rain in some areas (particularly up into West Virginia) and then rain changing to snow on Saturday morning.  Snow will stick around Saturday into Monday then some crystal blue skies for Tuesday and Wednesday to enjoy it.

Highs will be in the 40s and 50s today – then sharply colder with highs in the 30s and lows in the teens and 20s for the next ten days.  We are looking at more snow chances late into next weekend.  Snowmaking crews will be working overtime this week! We’ll keep an eye on things for you!

Until Next Time!

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of, and 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.