The Appalachians may never rival the Rockies, but outdoor enthusiasts say WNC offers more opportunities for winter adventures than many residents realize. This year local ski areas are celebrating a long list of improvements and forecasters are predicting a cold, snowy winter.
The first official day of winter isn’t until Dec. 21, but Western North Carolina has already received an abundance of cold and snowy weather this year. And if a wealth of long-range predictions comes true, the early shots of snow could be harbingers of much more to come.
The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories and warnings for eleven Western North Carolina counties, effective from Friday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m., to Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m. Follow #avlsnomg for updates as conditions progress.
The National Weather Service has issued a “Winter Storm Warning” for much of Western North Carolina, including Asheville and Buncombe County. The agency is predicting 2-5 inches of snow, sleet and ice, creating hazardous travel conditions.
Most folks heeded the warnings and stayed off the roads on Thursday, Feb. 13, after a snow system dumped up to a foot in some locations. (Photo by Nathan Metcalf)
There’s more to the Feb. 13 snowstorm than driving hazards and inconveniences: Many folks in Asheville are getting out and enjoying the winter weather. And they’re sharing photos and dispatches from their outdoor adventures via a variety of social media outlets like Twitter and Instagram.
As snow falls over the Asheville area and locals deal with the impact, here’s a compilation of closings, advisories and other local news.
“Great day for making a snowman in West Asheville!” says Matt Price, who sent us this photo of his creation — with help from Corrie Hill.
With snow continuing to fall and patches of ice on the roads, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory through 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. and warned about black ice, accumulating snow and severe wind chill overnight.
Despite the snow, Asheville City Council met Jan. 28, wrapping up its business in an extraordinarily short 19-minute session. With a small agenda, Council passed new lighting and zoning records rules.
The new year came in like a lion today, Jan. 3, as Asheville residents woke up to bitter cold winds and snow. The winter weather was greeted on social media with a mix of trepidation and joy, as locals tried to drive on icy roads or sled down snowy hills.
Good morning, Asheville.
If you haven’t already noticed, it snowed quite a bit. Here’s what Ashevilleans have to say about today’s weather.
Significant snow fell again over the higher elevations earlier this week (just before Easter), which, honestly, produced too much of a good thing for many folks in the region. I could use some “hair of the dog,” or in this case, some “green of spring” to get me over this snow hangover.
Were you part of the “haves” or the “have not-so-muchers” this week? Those who live in the higher elevations received a big dose of snow while the Asheville Regional Airport saw just a trace.
After a series of snow predictions that (literally) fell short of expectations this year, Western North Carolinians woke up to snow on March 6, 2013. These are the tweets, photos, video and more taken by folks at home, at work and out in the snow. This post will be updated throughout the day. (photo by Instagram user @Skippyhaha)
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of Western North Carolina, including Buncombe County, predicting snow Tuesday evening into Wednesday.
Did you know that each full moon has a name? Most of us have heard of the Harvest Moon, the full moon that occurs in October. In North America, the full moon in February is known as the Snow Moon (or the Storm Moon). February’s full moon occurred on Monday of this week, and it made a beautiful entrance over the eastern horizon.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for a swath of the western part of the state, including Asheville, cautioning about snow showers today and “bitter wind chill” later tonight.
Western North Carolina can seem like a land divided at times. The complex terrain of this region has a significant impact on the climate and the type of weather that we experience at any given location. The higher elevations experienced significant snow though out the multi-day event, while many folks in the valley were left with just a few flurries.
The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement warning that severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and early evening across most of WNC, including Buncombe County. UPDATE: The NWS has issued a Tornado Watch for Buncombe County until 8 p.m.