It’s another powder day up at the high-country ski areas of the Mid-Atlantic. Flakes are flying, and a couple more inches are in the forecast.
While much of the focus this past week on the East Coast has been on the huge dumps in New England, Snowshoe in West Virginia has quietly picked up 68 inches in just eight days! That’s over 5 1/2 feet. Truly remarkable. As a result, trail counts have ticked up at several resorts, and folks are even skiing in the trees — March is the new February.
Video from Snowshoe
The 41 inches the Canaan Valley area has picked up since March 1 has been a huge boost to Timberline resort. Half of that amount has fallen in the past three days, and the mountain is open all the way to the top again.
March is normally the fourth-snowiest month in eastern Tucker County, where Timberline is located, but this season it’s No. 1. In fact, this March now ranks as the third-snowiest since the 2001-2002 winter.
We wonder if neighboring Canaan Valley Resort, which has closed for the season, is now regretting its decision.
Other notable powder stashes: Seven Springs in Pennsylvania has picked up nine inches in the past three days and 18 inches over the past seven days. And to the northeast, Blue Knob picked up three inches in the past 24 hours.
Wisp in Western Maryland has been coated with 10 inches over the last week.
Down at the lower-elevation front-range resorts in the Mid-Atlantic, the season slogs on but is in general decay. Some resorts are no longer making snow and are just riding out the season with what’s left on the slopes.
Liberty Mountain Resort in southern Pennsylvania, however, says it is still making snow when conditions allow.
“The cold temps are keeping the snow we have in great spring condition for skiing and boarding,” said Anne Weimer, a resort spokesperson. “We look forward to enhancing those conditions with additional snowmaking, for at least the next few weekends to come.”
Wintergreen has limited its lifts spinning to the daytime and is no longer open for night skiing. Massanutten is closed Thursday but will reopen Friday.
The cold weather regime holds through the weekend, promising good to excellent ski conditions.
On Saturday, a fast-moving disturbance could put down a little light snow (Pennsylvania resorts) or a wintry mix (resorts to the south). Highs range from 35 to 40 degrees at resorts over 2,000 feet in elevation, to 40 to 45 degrees lower down. Lows are mostly in the teens (higher elevations) and 20s (lower elevations)
Partly sunny skies for Sunday with 40 to 45 degrees at higher elevations and 45 to 50 degrees at lower elevations.
Beyond the weekend, there is some potential for more significant snow next week, depending on the track of a developing storm system.
Capital Weather Gang’s Jason Samenow contributed to this report.