Winter Returns to the North Carolina Mountains – and This Time for a While!

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.

The records for this date in weather history are:

The record high was set in 1989 of 65°
The record low was in 1951 of minus 6°
5” of snow fell in 1996

Here’s the forecast details:

Today: Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. West wind at 8 mph becoming southeast. Tonight: Periods of showers, mainly after 1am. Low around 40. East wind between 5 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday: Rain showers likely before 1pm, then snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 40. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 18 mph becoming west between 25 and 28 mph. Winds could gust as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible. Saturday Night: Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low near 19. West wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday: A chance of snow showers, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high around 35. West wind between 14 and 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.Sunday Night: A slight chance of snow showers before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high around 38. Chance of precipitation is 40%.Monday Night: A slight chance of snow. Partly cloudy, with a low around 15. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high around 35.Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low near 17.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, with a high around 38.Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Thursday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 38

The great news to ski resorts is not only will we see some snow…we will have snowmaking weather everyday through the ten day forecast.  Resorts will be able to make snow around the clock many days if they decide to do it.

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.