Unusually cold and snowy weather dominated headlines last week. In the wake of the frozen onslaught, famed WNC forecaster Ray Russell issued a “death notice” on his long-range prediction for a mild winter.
Local ski areas are reporting great conditions and it looks like more snow is on the way, with Ray’s Weather Center predicting another 6 to12 inches for the highest peaks over the next couple of days. On January, 10, we went up to Wolf Ridge Ski Resort in Madison County and encountered powder that’s more typical of the Rockies than the Southern Appalachians. Here’s a short video of what we found.
Snowy scenes in Asheville on Monday, January 10.
Photo by Jonathan Welch
A look at what’s been making headlines: Rep. Heath Shuler concluded his bid for speaker of the House last week, and controversial Buncombe GOP Chair Chad Nesbitt bowed out of a second term. Also, snowy weather continued to blanket WNC.
Photographs of snowy scenes around Asheville. Photo by Jonathan Welch
Western North Carolinians are waking up to varying amounts of snow this Saturday, Jan. 8 — from a few inches to a foot at higher elevations. And forecasters are calling for more.
photo by Margaret Williams
It’s pretty chilly out there. We went sledding so you don’t have to … for maximum effect, fill the bath with cold water, set up a fan in front of you and press play. Brrr! Whee!
Both the National Weather Service and the WNC-based Ray’s Weather Center are predicting a drier, milder winter than normal this year. But that certainly hasn’t been the case so far. This is shaping up to be one of the coldest Decembers in Asheville’s recorded history. And we’ve already doubled the average snowfall for the month, with forecasters calling for more on Christmas Eve.
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Downtown’s landmarks and streets were transformed by the snowstorm yesterday. See photos here.
“Water does not need to be fluid to be floatable,” writes Nathan Zumwalt.
In the face of 6 to 10 inches of expected snow, the city of Asheville has announced new closings and postponements
Updated for Saturday, Jan. 30: Due to snow forecasted locally (as well as storms in other parts of the country) a number of shows and events may be cancelled this weekend. Xpress will keep you up to date with the latest on closings as well as who’s still performing, serving, rocking and staying open.
Following December’s big snow, Asheville has learned some lessons and may be more prepared for what this weekend might bring. Read on for schedule changes and tips for the storm.
First the good news: Many WNC residents (including the animal shelter on Lees Creek Road) have had their power restored. But for others, especially those in rural areas, today marks the fourth day without electricity.
Ian Bryan of Asheville-based marketing firm Sensible City asks the question: How can we better use social media to cope with future storms. Input wanted!