Wolf Ridge to Cataloochee: I know we have a lot of skiing and snowboarding fans across SC and some in NC. Whether you're a fan of riding up to Maggie Valley to enjoy the slopes on top of Cataloochee or if you like Wolf Ridge better, it won't matter because both places will be absolutely perfect for skiing on fresh granular or powder this weekend.
Snow yesterday, today, Saturday and Sunday will amount to high accumulations in Western NC. Even though NC DOT crews do a terrific job on the roads, prepare for some slick places, especially on back-roads and side-roads.
For all your skiing info: www.skisoutheast.com/skireports.php
Ski Area/Resort cams: www.resortcams.com/ski-resorts.php
Cataloochee Cam: www.resortcams.com/webcameras-cataloochee.php
Snowshoe, WV: www.resortcams.com/webcameras-snowshoe.php (snow-covered)
Baseball Forecast - Fluor Field Saturday at 2:00: Clemson faces South Carolina at Fluor field Saturday afternoon. I'm expecting cold temperatures in the upper 30s to 40s under a mostly cloudy sky during the game. Since clouds will be thick and sunshine won't be around other than the chance of peaking out a few times, it will be cold and may be very uncomfortable without a jacket or sweater.
Scattered flurries will be possible in the morning if you are tailgating. The game won't be canceled though and there's no chance of a delay even though there will be a chance of a few sprinkles during the afternoon.
Best Day (to be outside) During the Next Seven: Even though Sunday will be a bit better than Saturday as some sunshine comes back out, Monday will be mostly sunny and quite a bit warmer than both of those weekend days. Highs Monday will top out in the 50s for Upstate towns with 40s to near 50° in Western NC.
Tuesday/Wednesday System We're Monitoring: Nothing has changed from Kendra's or my own thinking about the system we are focusing on for the middle of next week. What we know is there will likely be a strong, upper-level low carrying some amount of thickly layered cold air along with it. We've seen this situation so many times and there's always the chance of snow, especially before mid-March. Upper-lows are capable of dropping either rain or snow around here and most of the time both rain and snow come down.
Since we are still four to five days in advance of this system, anyone who thinks they know exactly where this one will track doesn't know nearly as much as they pretend to know. We have an idea, but we don't know exactly where it's headed. In terms of upper-lows, literally every kind of precipitation type is dependant on the track and strength of the cold, inner core. It could go north of us and produce all rain or it could go over our heads and produce rain and snow around here. We'll have to wait and watch to fine-tune the track.
Timing is also up in the air, but I'm now leaning more toward a Wednesday arrival.
I won't post any maps today, but will say that the 0z and 6z solutions were quite a bit different. The 0z from last night showed more rain for Upstate SC while the 6z came back south and showed both rain and snow. This should be a good one to follow in the days ahead.