Looking at the Rain Awaiting the Snow

First Trax

Today’s featured image is from App Ski Mountain from earlier this week.

Cataloochee is still looking solid despite the two days of heavy rain.

Thursday is going to be another meh day across the region, but we are anxiously awaiting the return of winter tonight.

It’s a tale of night and day to end the week for the entire region.

The story of today will be the heavy rain that is moving through the area – especially the southern part of the region where flood watches and warnings are in effect. Upwards of 2-3” of additional rainfall is forecasted to fall over today in the lower part of the region, while the northern resorts could get close to an inch.

Thankfully, last week provided the opportunity to really solidify the bases on the slopes. (#ThankASnowMaker!)

On a side note, wouldn’t it have been incredible if all this rain was snow?

I saw on social media earlier this week that WSLS meteorologist Chris Michaels looked at that hypothetical question.

That would have been awesome, but as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”

We can still dream, Henry, we can still dream.

As a result of today’s forecast, a few resorts have altered their schedules for today.

  • App Ski Mountain, Wolf Ridge, and The Omni Homestead have suspended operations for Thursday, Feb. 6. All three are set to resume operations on Friday, Feb. 7.
  • For the second day in a row, Winterplace will suspend operations at 5 p.m. and will resume normal operations on Friday.

For the latest conditions, be sure to visit the Snow Reports page.

If you are able to hit the slopes today, be on the lookout for changing conditions and don’t forget your rain gear and goggles.

Winter returns late tonight with snowmaking conditions and some natural snow Friday and Saturday. While conditions continue to look pretty good all things considered this morning, this weekend is going to be excellent with a fresh 1-3” (maybe even more at the favored locations) powder on the slopes.

The cold and snow are coming, and we can’t wait.

Have you made plans to join us for the annual Ski Southeast Snowshoe Summit? It is going to be a great time at 4848’ and we would love for you to join us for the weekend.

Check out the deets here.

Until next time, #ThinkSnow (and #StayDry my friends).

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