The powerful coastal storm that knocked out power to more than 1 million New Englanders on Sunday night deposited the season’s first widespread snowfall in the southern and central Appalachians. As many as 8 inches blanketed the West Virginia high country, and accumulating snow was reported from northern Georgia to southwestern Pennsylvania.
Snow covered the ground as close as a 90-minute drive from Washington on Virginia’s Skyline Drive.
The snow occurred as the storm dragged very cold air on its backside. The temperature plunged to a frigid 11 degrees at Tennessee’s Le Conte lodge, perched 6,360 feet high in the Smoky Mountains on Monday morning.
— Heather Haley (@WVLTHeather) October 29, 2017
Sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina were temporarily closed due to slippery conditions.
— David Kopti (@DavidKopti) October 29, 2017
So were portions of Skyline Drive in Virginia, according to Shenandoah National Park.
Snow and ice this morning on the Skyline Drive! Currently closed from Milepost 41 to 51 (between Skyland & Byrd Visitor Center). pic.twitter.com/UaYkKMRAOB
— ShenandoahNPS (@ShenandoahNPS) October 30, 2017
Meanwhile, ski areas celebrated the season’s first flakes.
Wintergreen Resort south of Charlottesville received 1.5 inches.
Shaun Cassell with Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia estimated the resort saw 1.5 inches of new snow, but that was hard to measure because most of it was blown into the woods from the storm’s howling winds. For the first time this season, the resort fired up the snow guns in an attempt to lay down a base and cool down the lake water used for snow-making.
Retired National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Leffler said 8.4 inches fell on the western rim of Canaan Valley, W.Va., a mere 125 miles due west of Washington.
Canaan Valley Ski area in WV this morning. pic.twitter.com/9q4Auv86UN
— Brett Anderson (@BrettAWX) October 30, 2017
Two to three inches came down at Wisp ski resort in Garret County, known as Maryland’s “ice box” because of temperatures that are typically much colder than the rest of the state.
Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands also got in on the action. Seven Springs resort shared photos of its slopes coated in fresh powder.
— Seven Springs (@7SpringsPA) October 30, 2017
“This is a sign of great things to come for this winter!” Seven Springs posted on its Facebook page.
To conclude, here is a snowy scene from Canaan Valley on Monday, which, if you didn’t know any better, you could mistake for a winter storm in mid-January . . .
Bald Knob Canaan Valley Wv 10/30/17
Posted by The Allegheny Mountain Region on Monday, October 30, 2017
Capital Weather Gang’s Jason Samenow contributed to this post.