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Venchka
01-21-2016, 10:39
Ray is predicting 18-24 inches of snow in the mountains.

http://www.booneweather.com/Forecast/Boone


Wednesday's little snow event was well-behaved and went almost exactly according to plan--an inch or so on the far eastern edge of the Appalachians to 4" at higher elevations on the west edge. Today, we get a break giving us time to prep for the next event that's much harder to forecast and MUCH bigger. Most of our region will need more than a ruler to measure this one. Here's our Snow Accumulation Forecast graphic for the Big Event. (http://www.booneweather.com/Special+Weather+Graphic) Snow begins after midnight tonight and lasts through Saturday evening. The heaviest snow falls Friday. A brief period of "wintry mix" is still possible Friday.

Take cover up there in the high country. Be warm. Be safe.

Wayne

saltysack
01-22-2016, 14:11
Wish i was there! Nothing better than fresh snow on the trail! Ice is a different story!


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Malto
01-22-2016, 17:31
It just started snowing near Harrisburg PA. Hoping it stops in time Sunday morning so I can snowshoe up on the AT. NO MORE ROCKSYLVANIA!!!

Venchka
01-22-2016, 22:22
About 8pm my granddaughter said that they had 8" of snow in Boone and still snowing. I really wish I was there.

Wayne


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illabelle
01-23-2016, 07:15
Too many snowstorm threads, don't know which one to post in. :rolleyes:
Here in the Knoxville area, forecasts were all over the place, 1-3", 4-7", 3-5". Well, it's 24 at 6 am, and while there may be more flurries as the day progresses, we've got barely an inch of new snow over remnants of hard crusty slush. Underwhelming. I feel bad for those dealing with serious weather, but I was hoping for enough to play in.

daddytwosticks
01-23-2016, 07:49
Too many snowstorm threads, don't know which one to post in. :rolleyes:
Here in the Knoxville area, forecasts were all over the place, 1-3", 4-7", 3-5". Well, it's 24 at 6 am, and while there may be more flurries as the day progresses, we've got barely an inch of new snow over remnants of hard crusty slush. Underwhelming. I feel bad for those dealing with serious weather, but I was hoping for enough to play in.

Same here. They were predicting upwards of 5 inches for us. So far, just a dusting. Go east or south, and they got way more. Heck, even my son in Spartanburg SC got more winter weather crap than we did and we are "in the mountains". This one was one weird and fickle storm. :)

Cheyou
01-23-2016, 08:23
It just started snowing near Harrisburg PA. Hoping it stops in time Sunday morning so I can snowshoe up on the AT. NO MORE ROCKSYLVANIA!!!


My my feet hurt just thinking about that. Who brought all them rocks and y ;0)

egilbe
01-23-2016, 09:22
Glaciers and because

MuddyWaters
01-23-2016, 10:59
I had 1-2" . Underwhelming .

johnnybgood
01-23-2016, 15:09
I had 1-2" . Underwhelming .

You must be way south of me. Here in the western suburbs of Richmond we have 8 inches and still snowing hard.

Traveler
01-23-2016, 17:23
Store shelves are barren of milk and bread. Clearly without either of those its death within hours.

egilbe
01-23-2016, 17:29
Store shelves are barren of milk and bread. Clearly without either of those its death within hours.

I Want to know who makes french toast during snowstorms.

Malto
01-23-2016, 17:37
I had 1-2" . Underwhelming .

24"+ and counting in central PA. Overwhelming.

Venchka
01-23-2016, 18:57
About 3pm CST the weather channel claimed 30" for a location in West Virginia. I missed the exact location.
Has anyone heard reliable conditions for Roan Mountain, Grayson Highlands, Mt Rogers, etc.? Snowfall, winds, temperatures?
Thanks for any news or links to reported conditions.
My grand children had a ball on their saucers in Boone.

Wayne


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Rocket Jones
01-23-2016, 19:04
Over 30" in places between DC and SNP. Luray is reporting 19" and counting. The wind has been awful all day and the blowing snow is creating a lot of visibility problems. Wind chills near zero.

BillyGr
01-23-2016, 20:39
There was one on our local news that listed 40" - Gray something, but I forget what or which state it was in.

shelterbuilder
01-23-2016, 22:02
Why...people who can't cook, of course! And they probably burn even that.... In in Reading, Pa., and I've ben too busy shoveling all day to worry about cooking. I don't know the "official" measurement, but I haven't seen this much snow since that mess in January in the 90's.
I Want to know who makes french toast during snowstorms.

rocketsocks
01-24-2016, 09:19
I'm gonna say right around 24" for central NJ...give or take a few drift inches.

rocketsocks
01-24-2016, 09:42
Remind me again why the dinosaurs went extinct.

http://wspa.com/2016/01/23/video-dinosaur-shoveling-snow/

Traveler
01-24-2016, 14:22
Remind me again why the dinosaurs went extinct.

http://wspa.com/2016/01/23/video-dinosaur-shoveling-snow/

I know thats not a real TRex, they don't train all that easily and tend to lift their tail and spray their territory a lot. Nasty things.

Studlintsean
01-24-2016, 14:38
We got about 30 inches in Bristow VA (40 miles west of DC)

climbingbear
01-24-2016, 14:43
Studlintsean, good to know I have a neighbor on white blaze. I'm in broad run, va.

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Tipi Walter
01-24-2016, 15:12
I bet Mt Rogers backpackers got to see some crap. Perfect place for winter camping. Oh, and Dolly Sods.

I spent 30 winters in Boone NC and we got some tremendous storms in those years. The Arctic Outbreak of Jan 1985 comes to mind with -30F temps. That's 30 below. I was living out of a backpack then and stealth camping around Boone (up behind the university stadium) and my gear wouldn't take me down to -30F so I bailed and slept inside the unlocked Baptist Church on King St for a couple nights.

In '93 Boone got hit by the Blizzard in March and by then I was living in Sugar Grove 10 miles west of Boone in a tipi---with a woodstove---here's a pic during the blizzard---

https://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/BooneYears/Tipi-Life/i-nBkLnbC/0/L/Blizzard%20of%20%2793%20and%20the%20Tipi-L.jpg

Venchka
01-24-2016, 20:10
When I grow up I want to be like Tipi Walter.
Kudos to the NWS and Ray's Weather for getting this storm right. Even the "add on" for NYC which was not in the original forecast.
Well done to all of the municipal and state workers for their tireless efforts.

Wayne


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MuddyWaters
01-24-2016, 20:35
Store shelves are barren of milk and bread. Clearly without either of those its death within hours.

You can spot the hikers, they are in the camping section getting isopro fuel and mountain house. And Ramen.

atraildreamer
01-25-2016, 12:19
I Want to know who makes french toast during snowstorms.

That is a good idea! :-? Sounds yummy! :)

We dodged a bullet here in RI being on the extreme northern edge of the storm and only got about 7 inches of snow. Most of it will melt in the next couple of days due to an expected warm front. :sun After last winter, you can have all of my snow! :mad:

Venchka
01-25-2016, 12:30
You can spot the hikers, they are in the camping section getting isopro fuel and mountain house. And Ramen.

When they should be buying cook less foods & white gas in the winter.

Wayne

hikernutcasey
01-25-2016, 12:52
Mt Mitchell received 66 inches over the weekend! Beat out the blizzard of '93 record.

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/01/24/mount-mitchell-digs-out-66-inches-snow/79262838/ (http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/01/24/mount-mitchell-digs-out-66-inches-snow/79262838/)

Tipi Walter
01-25-2016, 15:43
Mt Mitchell received 66 inches over the weekend! Beat out the blizzard of '93 record.

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/01/24/mount-mitchell-digs-out-66-inches-snow/79262838/ (http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/01/24/mount-mitchell-digs-out-66-inches-snow/79262838/)

It's amazing how elevation in the Southeast mountains can determine snow depths. At 1,500 feet in a creek valley I would have 2 inches of the white stuff, at 5,500 feet there would be 30 inches on the ridges. This is what makes backpacking the Southeast so difficult in the winter during blizzards. It's easy enough to hike up a valley with 2 inches of snow on the ground but then as you pass 3,000 to 4,000 feet things starting getting weird. By 4,500 feet you lose the trail and have to steeply posthole in 24 inches up to the top of the ridge, a near impossible feat, especially while wearing a 70 lb pack.

Then once you hit the ridge at 5,000+ feet (or Mt Mitchell at 6,684 feet), well, have fun making time in 3 to 4 feet of snow and drifts. I have found out the hard way that the best way to set up a tent on top of 3 feet of snow is to have a snow shovel and dig out a site to the ground. Stomping down 3 feet of snow to a level platform never seems to work for me as I end up with a lumpy mess with deep ruts and back-killing troughs.