Weather This Weekend?
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The Colonel - DCSki Supporter
February 20, 2008
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OK, Langley, fish, and Skier219...and any other weather geeks...
What do you see for weather this coming weekend, Feb. 22-27???
The Colonel \:\)
Murphy
February 21, 2008
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I was just looking at the forecast for Snowshoe. It could be ugly Friday. They're calling for freezing rain (they've already issued an advisory). Hopefully it'll transition to snow early Saturday morning and stay that way but Saturday might not be much better. Sunday and Monday are looking like bluebird days with highs around the freezing mark. That's when I'll be there \:\) .
lbotta - DCSki Supporter
February 21, 2008
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I'm headed there this afternoon (Thursday) in case we end up with crummy roads or I need to light the fireplace in case the power goes off at Snowshoe. Unlikely but it does happen
Stumpy
February 21, 2008
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Hurry Lou. Not because of what's coming, but what's already here. 10" of fresh powder in the last 30 hours or so. 24 degrees at the base of the mountain right, with perfect blue skies. Don't forget the sunscreen.
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lbotta - DCSki Supporter
February 21, 2008
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WoooHooooo! On the way in an hour and a half!
jonjon1
February 21, 2008
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I'm worried about rain tomorrow doing some serious damage to our current wonderful conditions.

It seems like the pattern this winter has been taking the storms in a direction that brings up warm air and changes our snow to rain quickly, with a little snow on the very back end. This pattern is really tough on the highest elevations as we do not get the benefit of trapped cold air at the surface to at least save some of our precious natural snow. The storm a week ago that was similar gave us a few inches of snow that quickly went to rain with temps soaring into the mid 40s. While places like Oakland, MD and Terra Alta, WV stayed freezing rain for a while and instead of having their snowpack eaten away, it actually increased -- while ours was almost totally wiped away.
jimmy
February 21, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: jonjon1
The storm a week ago that was similar gave us a few inches of snow that quickly went to rain with temps soaring into the mid 40s. While places like Oakland, MD and Terra Alta, WV stayed freezing rain for a while and instead of having their snowpack eaten away, it actually increased -- while ours was almost totally wiped away.


Saw that on the way down last Friday. I was seeing nice snow cover along I-68 once i topped coopers rock, getting pretty excited and somewhere around Oakland it WUZ GONE. Seems like Canaan Valley has been on the *line* all winter. Hope things work out well down there Friday.
skier219
February 21, 2008
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Here's my pro forecast for Snowshoe:

http://hunter.pairsite.com/craig/wx-pro-snowshoe-022108.pdf

I'll update if I remember to. This suggests precip changes to snow late Friday into Saturday.
The Colonel - DCSki Supporter
February 21, 2008
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Thanks skier 219,
Looks good for mid week next week at the Shoe. Temps below or way below freezing and precip....hopefully snow.
The Colonel \:\)
David
February 21, 2008
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Just took a look at Timberline's trail report and it looks like they had a bunch of trails closed today for snowmaking. It must have sucked to have gone up to ski some of this new snow we've been getting and only have "20 trails" to ski on. But I def. commend T-Line for their effort to make so much snow while they get the chance. Job well done!! Now if I could just go skiing.... \:\( \:\(
skier219
February 22, 2008
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I was at WTG yesterday, and there were a few trails closed for heavy snowmaking, with moderate snowmaking on every other trail. It was rough skiing with all the guns running. I only made it to 2:30 before bailing out. I start losing interest when I have to wipe my goggles 3-4 times per run. Braille skiing ain't fun.

Here's the latest Snowshoe pro forecast; it has gotten worse since the last run, in terms of the rain/snow changeover.

http://hunter.pairsite.com/craig/wx-pro-snowshoe-022208.pdf

Also shows milder temperatures next week, but that's too far out to be trustworthy at this point. Even the Fri-Sun forecast changed overnight!
lbotta - DCSki Supporter
February 22, 2008
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Weather stunk today at Snowshoe. Woke up to pit-pat of rain and the temp had risen to 34 degrees. Fog, misty, East Anglia-type weather... A lot of the snow that fell disappeared from the roads.

I had wanted to use my new AC-40s but with the dreary, wet weather and the fact that I have a season pass, I decided to work in my condo instead.

Tomorrow it should be a better day.
curih
February 25, 2008
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Too bad you guys got rain out there. I went north to the Poconos (Elk). 12" of fresh powder and no rain!
kwillg6
February 25, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: curih
Too bad you guys got rain out there. I went north to the Poconos (Elk). 12" of fresh powder and no rain!


Yeah, Yeah, there's always one gloater in the crowd. Welcome to the forum anyway. I once skied Elk in 15" of fresh and it was GREAT!
I drove to t-line on Thursday night in the snow and it was 19 \:\) . Woke up to 34 and drizzle \:\( . Sking was very good all day but had to deal with damp conditions . Saturday began good and then came the set-up. By 2 pm everything was very "firm and fast." Sunday was good but very, ah, \:o fast, as well. Didn't get to ski all afternoon cuz the Mrs took a nasty and yard-saled all the way down white out. She bonked her head pretty good, even with helment. She's home today resting cuz she would probably forget where she was going if she attempted to go to work. Hope she recoops soon cuz it's almost March and you know what that (should ) mean? \:\)
bawalker
February 25, 2008
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March means massive 40"+ blizzard at Timberline in waist deep powder before the groomers eat it up?!?!
jonjon1
February 25, 2008
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The weather for this coming weekend is looking pretty good at this point. We could get a good dose of snow on the backside of this storm Tuesday night and Wednesday. Then a clipper rolls through Friday and Friday Night with another dump. Hope things don't change.
skier219
February 25, 2008
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Looks like another couple borderline events coming to the area, with possible rain/snow back and forth.
kwillg6
February 25, 2008
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Gee, Brad. Do you ski t-line often????
jonjon1
February 25, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: skier219
Looks like another couple borderline events coming to the area, with possible rain/snow back and forth.


If the models are correct, its rain to a lot of snow to a lot more snow on Friday.
David
February 25, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: jonjon1
 Originally Posted By: skier219
Looks like another couple borderline events coming to the area, with possible rain/snow back and forth.


If the models are correct, its rain to a lot of snow to a lot more snow on Friday.


Lets hope for snow. I want to go skiing and a lot of snow would really help my chances....
skier219
February 25, 2008
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Vermont Jackpots for sure, but the mid-A won't be a slouch either. Thing is, the snow totals are going to creep up and we won't be seeing a massive all-in-one powder dump (which I am desperately waiting for).

http://wxcaster4.com/gfs/CONUS2_GFS0P5_SFC_ACCUM-SNOW_03HR.gif
http://wxcaster4.com/gfs/CONUS2_GFS0P5_SFC_ACCUM-SNOW_12HR.gif
http://wxcaster4.com/gfs/CONUS2_GFS0P5_SFC_ACCUM-SNOW_24HR.gif
http://wxcaster4.com/gfs/CONUS2_GFS0P5_SFC_ACCUM-SNOW_36HR.gif
http://wxcaster4.com/gfs/CONUS2_GFS0P5_SFC_ACCUM-SNOW_48HR.gif
http://wxcaster4.com/gfs/CONUS2_GFS0P5_SFC_ACCUM-SNOW_60HR.gif
http://wxcaster4.com/gfs/CONUS2_GFS0P5_SFC_ACCUM-SNOW_72HR.gif
http://wxcaster4.com/gfs/CONUS2_GFS0P5_SFC_ACCUM-SNOW_96HR.gif
http://wxcaster4.com/gfs/CONUS2_GFS0P5_SFC_ACCUM-SNOW_108HR.gif
http://wxcaster4.com/gfs/CONUS2_GFS0P5_SFC_ACCUM-SNOW_120HR.gif

Anyhow, maybe this is the weekend I need to head up to the Valley! Of course, I won't trust the models for a couple more days. Temperatures will be borderline, so there is the possibility it could go either way at this point. Thus far, it has not gone in our favor this season.
jimmy
February 26, 2008
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Hee, heading to Snowshoe for the weekend. Taking mrs. jimmy and jess for the first time, couple of friends coming too. Staying in Treetop, maybe we'll be able to ski in/out. Weather is looking a lot like winter.
Stumpy
February 26, 2008
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Just read the local forecast for Snowshoe. It's raining very lightly here right now, but NWS put us under heavy snow warning, with up to a foot by Thursday morning. Snow is suppose to start by 7 PM this evening.
kwillg6
February 26, 2008
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I dunno if I will trust any of those #@$*%!! weather services again this winter. I know we might, maybe, possibly, could, get some, uh, mature winter precipitation. Then again, it could once again be that wet premature crap that is hard as he11 to ski on. It just makes me sick to think thay make as much as they do and are wrong a great percentage of the time. Wish I had a job like that.
David
February 27, 2008
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CV's webcam is looking pretty good right now (when its not focused on the lodge's patio). It looks like Spruce Run and The Glades may even be skiable (although nothing on that side is even open). Its just about 10 am and the sun hasn't even started shining on Timberline yet. I knew that place was in a world of its own....
kwillg6
February 27, 2008
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tried looking at t-lines web-cam but as usual, it's not working. I could comment on that, but I'll be kind this time.
jonjon1
February 27, 2008
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Steady snow here in Davis. About 5" so far.
jimmy
February 27, 2008
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This camera is working pretty good
Stumpy
February 27, 2008
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At least 5" at the base at Snowshoe. Still under heavy snow warning until 4:00AM Thursday morning. Haven't been up on top yet.
lbotta - DCSki Supporter
February 27, 2008
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I'm headed there tonite (Wed) arriving midnight or later. Ski all day Thurs and drive to CRW to pick up my FL family on Friday.
skier219
February 27, 2008
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I might head up to Snowshoe early Thursday morning and ski for the day; Friday looks iffy as it threatens to bring a snow rain mix into the area.
jonjon1
February 27, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: skier219
I might head up to Snowshoe early Thursday morning and ski for the day; Friday looks iffy as it threatens to bring a snow rain mix into the area.


I'm confident that it will be all snow in the highlands on Friday. And could be quite a bit. All models currently have the 850 temps well below 0. I'm not sure why the NWS has highs in the mid 30s on Friday, especially while it will be precipitating.

Today's snow performing well. A nice dump of 7 inches so far after the last squall rolled through.
skier219
February 27, 2008
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That would be nice if it stayed all snow on Friday, but several sources are talking changeover to rain in the afternoon (which might still leave the majority of the day OK). It will be on the fringe for sure.

I'm hoping to ski SS on Thursday, but will re-evaluate the weather as I go. Besides Lou, anybody else heading to the Shoe?
jimmy
February 27, 2008
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Hee, heading to Snowshoe for the weekend. Taking mrs. jimmy and jess for the first time, couple of friends coming too. Staying in Treetop, maybe we'll be able to ski in/out. Weather is looking a lot like winter.
skier219
February 27, 2008
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When are you heading up Jimmy?
jimmy
February 27, 2008
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Not soon enuf for me that's one of the problems traveling with an entourage. We'll be in late Friday, ski Saturday/Sunday.
skier219
February 27, 2008
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Ah, I'll probably track up all the fresh snow by then, suckers! \:D

I'm usually the one towing an entourage on SS trips, so it will be nice to go solo for a change. No packing or prodding this time.
skier219
February 27, 2008
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The latest forecast run puts SS at 31F with all snow on Friday -- good news!
The Colonel - DCSki Supporter
February 27, 2008
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Lou,
Which airport is CRW? Charlotte? Charleston? Charlottesville?
The Colonel \:\)
lbotta - DCSki Supporter
February 27, 2008
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Sorry, Col... CRW is the ICAO identifier for Charleston WV. About the closest to Snowshoe I can find that flies from Ft Lauderdale.
lbotta - DCSki Supporter
February 27, 2008
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I was supposed to leave tonight, but heard it was still snowing and didn't want to chance a 2AM arrival with snow over the Spruce Knob climb. Better leave at 3 AM so get there by 7:30 on daylight, ready to ski...
David
February 27, 2008
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Looks like the Alpps did pretty good today. Chip is reporting 8"-10". I sure am glad I will be in school all day tomorrow instead of out enjoying this nice new dump....




Sorry for the negativity, just a little frustrated....
jonjon1
February 28, 2008
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Over 14" and still snowing!!
Stumpy
February 28, 2008
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Might check out Lewisburg/Greenbrier Valley.
Murphy
February 28, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: Stumpy
Might check out Lewisburg/Greenbrier Valley.


And Roanoke has a direct flight to Orlando.
skier219
February 28, 2008
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I left at 4:30am and arrived at Snowshoe just before 9am. Roads were dicey this morning, but clear on the ride home this evening. Some excellent skiing today, probably the best snow of the season for me at Snowshoe. Looked like about 10" on the ground this morning, and snow showers continued all day long. I was thinking about staying overnight to ski Friday, but I skied pretty hard today and got my fill. Here are some random pics from the day:

http://hunter.pairsite.com/craig/ss022808/IMG_0130-25.jpg
http://hunter.pairsite.com/craig/ss022808/IMG_0135-25.jpg
http://hunter.pairsite.com/craig/ss022808/IMG_0137-25.jpg
http://hunter.pairsite.com/craig/ss022808/IMG_0138-25.jpg
http://hunter.pairsite.com/craig/ss022808/IMG_0139-25.jpg
http://hunter.pairsite.com/craig/ss022808/IMG_0140-25.jpg
http://hunter.pairsite.com/craig/ss022808/IMG_0142-25.jpg
http://hunter.pairsite.com/craig/ss022808/IMG_0143-25.jpg
http://hunter.pairsite.com/craig/ss022808/IMG_0145-25.jpg

I should note, for all my griping about Snowshoe, this was one of those uncrowded weekdays with fresh snow that really redeems the place.

David
February 28, 2008
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Nice shots! Looks like an awesome day to be skiing. I think I am going to try and make it somewhere on Sunday. Not sure where though, although I would love to see CV get some stuff opened by then....maybe T-Line instead...?
skier219
February 29, 2008
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Sunday looks to be an outstanding ski day, definitely get out! This will be a great weekend for a local trip.

I still see some possible rain/snow mixes lined up for today/tonight, which may be the only concern. But it's more likely to be snow than rain for a change. Saturday will bring more snow showers and cool temps, and Sunday will be a bluebird day.

We will have a brief warmup with rain Mon-Tues, but back to cool temps and snow showers by Tuesday night. Pretty much consistent with our seasonal pattern, except the warmups are shorter and more brief.

Here's my Wx pro forecast for Timberline:

http://hunter.pairsite.com/craig/timberline022908.pdf

and for Snowshoe:

http://hunter.pairsite.com/craig/snowshoe022908.pdf
Stumpy
February 29, 2008
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Snowshoe is experiencing white outs right now. I'm at the base of the mountain. Gotta be great at the top.
David
February 29, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: Stumpy
Snowshoe is experiencing white outs right now. I'm at the base of the mountain. Gotta be great at the top.


Nice to hear, cuz it has been raining here all day. BTW, why are you always reporting from the bottom of the mountain?? There is no fun to be had down there! Get up on top of that thing and have some fun!!!


Anyone have any good info about what the weather was like in the Valley today??
jonjon1
February 29, 2008
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Snowing heavily. Maybe in the 2-3 inch range so far.
David
February 29, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: jonjon1
Snowing heavily. Maybe in the 2-3 inch range so far.


Did it change over to rain today? If so, how much?
LMV
February 29, 2008
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If you can ski in the Lauels tomorrow morning, you should. We got about 12" today. This is a picture of our picnic table at our place at laurel mountain village. the brown part you see is top of the bench on the table, it is about 20" above ground level. The only bad thing is it's warming up and I think it is starting to switch to rain. \:\(
jonjon1
March 1, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: David
 Originally Posted By: jonjon1
Snowing heavily. Maybe in the 2-3 inch range so far.


Did it change over to rain today? If so, how much?


Never saw any rain.
skier219
March 1, 2008
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Snowshoe is reporting another 6" overnight and 16" since Wednesday, so it ought to be fantastic there today -- I bet Jimmy will have a great day. I wish I could get back out there! Looks like another 2-3" will fall today.

I keep track of Sugarbush snow reports; they are reporting 3" in 24 hours and 5" in 72 hours. This is one of the few times this season Snowshoe got more snow than Sugarbush out of a storm system. I hope a lot of people can get out to enjoy it.
Stumpy
March 1, 2008
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I live and work at the bottom of Snowshoe. But I make it a point to get up on top the mountain often to do the playing part.
David
March 1, 2008
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I am going to be at Timberline tomorrow if anyone wants to meet up. I'll be checking back on here late this evening so give me a buzz.....
tommo
March 1, 2008
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Timberline was great today - snowed pretty steady until about 2 or so. Everything open and outstanding conditions with a manageable crowd. A terrific day of skiing by any standard, much less the mid-atlantic!
David
March 2, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: tommo
Timberline was great today - snowed pretty steady until about 2 or so. Everything open and outstanding conditions with a manageable crowd. A terrific day of skiing by any standard, much less the mid-atlantic!


That's what I like to hear! I hope they haven't groomed EVERYTHING out. Sure would be nice to get atleast a few turns on some leftovers. I'll be there with a blue Spyder jacket and a silver Giro helmet with red Spy goggles....
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