Another site I use is Intellicast for its radar picture: http://www.intellicast.com/LocalWeather/World/UnitedStates/MidAtlantic/Maryland/WashingtonDC/Radar/
using this, you can see what is going on, and if you look at the precipitation link you can see how much precip the radar estimates has occured in the past day. The amounts are in inches of rain, but you can get a relative picture. You might want to try the national weather service directly, I dont' have the link address at the moment, but could get it for you later.
I grew up in the Elkins area. Canaan is usually 3-5 degrees colder than Elkins and at times even colder. If you see that temperatures are pretty close to freezing in Elkins and its raining there, it is probably snowing at Canaan and Snowshoe. Elkins is still a decent barometer, since probably about 2/3 of the time, if it is snowing in the mountains it does snow in Elkins, just not as much.
Canaan does get lake effect snows. It has to be a pretty strong event for the snows to make it down from Lake Erie to Canaan, but it does happen, and if there is any moisture in the air, the mountains are going to squeeze it out. Snowshoe is about the southern limit of these events.
If you are wanting to CC ski, you are going to have to be careful about the conditions. If you are planning to do some downhill skiing you aren't going to have anything to worry about. I drove through there on my way back from Elkins Monday and both Canaan and Timberline were looking nice and white. Unless it warms up to about 80 degrees for the next week, you are going to have plenty of slopes to play on. It was starting to snow there as I was driving through. I think they got about half a foot when it was done.
Let me know if you need any other info.
Kim you can use my station on WUnderground too. Its closer to your Dryfork place in elevation. I'm at 2840. a bit further south than the Pt Knob station too. Its listed as Junc. Rt 32 and 72 Or just use the 26263 area code in wunderground.com.
It's amazing how a few miles makes a big difference in weather conditions in the Canaan area. There aren't any weather stations in the Canaan Village area that I'm aware of. How many miles is the Rt. 32 & 72 junction from Canaan Village (say Rt. 32 & Timberline Rd)?
BTW, Pointy Knob is also sometimes called Flat Ridge
Just another WV absurdity, which is part of its charm. It is, in fact, flat as a pancake up there. I suspect it was so named by the real estate developer selling mountain-top lots.
I had a lot up there a few years ago. Sold it, made some $$ which made the down payment on my place at Bonner Mtn. The lots on the valley side have a beautiful view looking north into the valley. The ones on the east side will have a great view of Almost Heaven when built. Thanks, WVRocks. I didn't know that it was your station on the site. It's pretty accurate for the greater downtown metropolitian area of Dryfork. The mini-climates in WV are interesting indeed. That's why I found this original thread interesting.
I've been meaning to get another website up with realtime data and a webcam pointed at Mt. Porte Crayon but I've been busy/lazy and don't have it working yet.
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