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Daily Snow One Sentence Summary: Calendar says Mid-March but winter is still going strong in the Mid-Atlantic! Mixed precip today will add another few inches to the base in the highlands before a change to rain this evening then back to snow showers through mid week!
Summary - Skiing will be very good this weekend with most resorts still operating with 80-100% of terrain open!
Daily Snow One Sentence Summary: Absolutely amazing weekend of skiing with waist deep powder Saturday morning changing to spring corn by Sunday – a little rain this week will wet the base before things refreeze and WV/MD/W PA mountains get another round of snow with 2-5 inches likely after .2-.5 inches of rain before the weekend.
Week Ahead: Warm weather persists through today before a front moves through tomorrow, bringing with it a period of scattered showers (rain) during the day on Tuesday. Whatever base is remaining by tomorrow PM (should be plenty for areas w/snowmaking and in the highlands of WV) will refreeze overnight on Tuesday and get supplemented by a few inches of snow between Wednesday and Friday (limited to high elevations). Temperatures will be below average for the end of the week into the weekend, with highs around freezing for the highest elevations and near 40 for the lower elevations.
How will skiing this weekend be? Answer is AMAZING for this time of year with 90%+ of terrain open for all resorts with may resorts still at 100% capacity. Only issue could be a bit of rain/snow that might sneak into the picture on Saturday.
Remember this is the time of year when most resorts are forced to close due to a lack of snow – this year, most resorts still have 40+ inches of snow for a base. Expect skiing to last into April for areas in WV, MD, and W PA (as long as people want to ski, they will stay open!) Get out and take advantage of some seriously amazing deals on lift tickets and lodging.
Daily Snow One Sentence Summary: Mid Atlantic ski areas are absolutely buried under 7-30 inches of fresh snow – time to stop reading about skiing online and go ski!!!
The storm that way underperformed for the major cities absolutely destroyed the mountains. Wintergreen is reporting 24-30 inches, Massanutten is reporting 22-24, Bryce Resort says 15-17, Canaan/Timberline/Whitegrass are reporting 12-16, Snowshoe came in at 12, 7 Springs and Whitetail both report 10 inches, Liberty has 7, Roundtop has 5, Hidden Valley eked out 4 inches, and Wisp probably has around 6-10 but is not reporting. Overall – amazing storm for the resorts. I’ll be heading to Timberline in WV this weekend to take advantage of some soid late season rates and enjoy some amazing spring skiing – I suggest everyone do the same.
Today-Sunday: Light snow showers will linger over the Highlands of WV, MD, and W PA for the remainder of today and possibly into tonight with temperatures only toping out in the low 30’s. For all other areas, the sun will come out in full force and temperatures will do their best to climb through the 30’s to near 40. Tonight will be chilly, halting any melting. Tomorrow through Sunday will feature ever increasing temperatures with highs approaching or exceeding 50 by the weekend. Saturday and Sunday will truly be the two of the best days for spring skiing in the Mid Atlantic in recent memory.
Massanutten has over 23 inches so far... 30 possible???
- Whitegrasss: ~15 inches (estimate)
- Wintergreen: ~18 inches (estimate)
- 7 Springs and Wisp: 8-10 inches
- DC: Basically nothing - snow hole
- Richmond area: 4+ inches around the city reported
- Winchester: 12+ inches
- Whitetail/Liberty/Roundtop: 6-10 inches (estimate)
Please post in the comments if you can provide any updates.
AM Update: Storm still looking good, just about to kick into high gear. Generally mixed precip around the major cities has been all snow for the mountains. Whitegrass in Canaan Valley, WV is already reporting 10-12 inches of fresh snow with a 12-40 inch base of all natural snow!!! One thing to note is that the temperatures at resort levels is well below freezing for the most part (24 in Canaan Valley, 22 at Wintergreen, 26 at 7 springs, 29 at Wisp, 32 at Liberty) - aka, the snow will be heavy but should be really fun to ski today and tomorrow morning.
Will post resort updates as they come in