Time for the January thaw. After experiencing some of the best conditions in recent years this past weekend, area ski resorts awoke Monday morning to see fog and drizzle. Much of the area received rain on and off throughout the day, with some heavy showers and even thunderstorms reported. Even West Virginia resorts, located at higher elevations, were not immune to the wet precipitation.
Thankfully, local ski areas have been able to build impressive snow bases thanks to an extended stretch of sub-freezing temperatures, and rain did not cause too much damage. Their bases will be put to the test this week as mild temperatures and even more rain settle over the region. Highs throughout the week will climb up to the upper 40’s and lower 50’s, with lows staying well above acceptable snowmaking ranges. Rain showers are possible from Wednesday through the weekend; a return to cold temperatures is not yet in the extended forecast.
Most local resorts have opened close to 100% of their terrain, and are offering loose to wet granular conditions after today’s rain. Conditions should stay soft throughout the week. If you ski midweek, you may be treated to springlike conditions and low crowds -; but check the weather forecast to see if Gore-Tex will be required. And cross your fingers for the return of cold weather.
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.
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