A cold front moved across the area Sunday morning, bringing with it periods of heavy rain and high winds. The same storm system earlier caused substantial damage in the south, as a tornado tore up the landscape in Alabama, killing ten people. Temperatures ahead of the storm climbed into the 50’s, but will drop sharply into the teens and 20’s by Monday. Throughout Sunday, winds may gust up to 50 miles per hour and there may be scattered thundershowers.
This type of weather, as you might guess, is not ideal for area ski resorts. Many local resorts were buffeted by pelting rain overnight, whittling away base depths. High winds today have caused several resorts to shut down for safety reasons, including Ski Roundtop, Liberty Mountain, and Whitetail Resort. These resorts plan to re-open on Monday morning. Other resorts are reporting wet granular or frozen granular conditions.
Any remaining precipitation may change over to snow as temperatures drop Sunday night. For the remainder of the week, the weather picture remains unsettled, with a possibility of a rain, snow, sleet, or ice mixture midweek. However, low temperatures will dip down below freezing, and resorts will jump at any opportunity to make snow to recover ground and expand open terrain in preparation for the upcoming all-important holiday week.
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.