Snow in the Forecast! Is Snowmaking in the Immediate Forecast as Well?

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…let’s get this out of the way quickly. No, I don’t think we’ll see any REAL snowmaking efforts just yet.

You can see it more clearly if you visit the webcam page at

However – it IS SNOWING and pretty moderate-to-heavy at Sugar and Beech Mountain as of 11am.

(updated 3pm)

I can tell you that it has been snowing lightly around MOST of the high elevations nearly all day. The heaviest snows were witnessed atop Beech and Sugar Mountains and I also saw some decent snow falling atop Snowshoe. However, the snow isn’t sticking at most locations…and even then only on grasses. The most snow we could see on the ground as of 3pm is at Winterplace Resort.

I also received reports about moderate snow falling (but not sticking) in Boone, Blowing Rock and various locations around the High Country.


As I looked at the forecast this morning, I noticed THIS on where they are reporting HEAVY SNOW for Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia. However, a little further digging provided that there IS 1-3″ of snow in their forecast for this evening. That’s exciting, right?!?!

Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 11am. High near 39. Northwest wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Snow likely, mainly before midnight, then a chance of snow showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Windy, with a northwest wind around 29 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.


However, the low temps at their 4848′ elevations are 28° for Sunday night and then only 33° for Monday and Tuesday evenings. However, there are showers forecast for the week ahead. So I don’t THINK there will be any snowmaking efforts happening at Snowshoe just yet. That would have been a little early for Snowshoe anyway.

…additionally, there’s no snow happening just yet at Snowshoe.


As I looked around the LIVE CAMS via, I saw it snowing atop Sugar and Beech ski resorts. It is 26.5° atop Sugar’s Summit and we’re seeing slushy snow at the Sugar Ski & Country Club live webcam. See:

That prompted more weather research and 1-3″ of snow is forecasted for the higher elevations of Sugar and Beech Mountains. More importantly (as far as snowmaking is concerned), low temperatures are expected to dip down to 24° Sunday night.

If you read our BLOG on Friday morning, you’ll know that we heard some chatter about the possibility that one or more ski areas would think about a quick window of snowmaking and getting open for even a day or two. However, as we’ve now gotten to that potential, cold-weather, window of opportunity – it doesn’t appear that it will be cold enough, long enough for any possible snowmaking – other than a test of their systems.

So unfortunately we don’t think we will see any Halloween skiing or snowboarding this 2017-2018 season. Temperatures are meant to mild up even more as we get into the end of next week.

So, keep the faith, ski and snowboarding season will be here before we know it.

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