Snow in Canaan Valley, W.Va., on Oct. 30. (Dave Miller/Allegheny Photography)

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.

Sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina were temporarily closed due to slippery conditions.

So were portions of Skyline Drive in Virginia, according to Shenandoah National Park.

Meanwhile, ski areas celebrated the season’s first flakes.

Wintergreen Resort south of Charlottesville received 1.5 inches.

We are loving these pics from the first snow of the season! #firstsnow #winteriscoming #wintergreenresortva

Posted by Wintergreen Resort on Monday, October 30, 2017

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.

Temperatures got low enough for Snowshoe Mountain ski resort in West Virginia to fire up the snow guns for the first time this season. (Snowshoe Mountain)

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.

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.

Blue skies at Wisp ski resort, in Garret County, Md., after several inches of snow fell. (

Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands also got in on the action. Seven Springs resort shared photos of its slopes coated in fresh powder.

“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

Soon enough.

Capital Weather Gang’s Jason Samenow contributed to this post.