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FRESH Powder on the Way for Southern Appalachians Ski Resorts

15 Feb 2015, 2:12 pm
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While parts of the south brace for snow, ski resorts throughout the Southern Appalachians are looking forward to a much needed dose of fresh powder!The same storm system that will bring rain, ice, and snow from the Southern Plains to the Southeast will bring 6 to 12 inches of snow to the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina mainly Monday on into Monday night with lesser amounts farther north into West Virginia.
As of this morning, Ober Gatlinburg in Tennessee reported a 49 to 52 inch base of man-made snow. In North Carolina, Cataloochee reported a 67 to 85 inch base with some recent natural snow though snowmaking efforts continue through the overnight hours. Sugar Mountain reported 2 new inches over the past 24 hours with an average base of 45 to 108 inches.
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Farther north in West Virginia, Snowshoe Mountain has seen some pretty good snow recently with a report of 9 inches over the last 24 hours and 20 inches in the past 48 hours.So southern resorts will fair better with this early week storm versus the northern resorts though the northern ski areas have seen more natural snow fall more recently than the southern ones. Article 2 B Happy skiing! Meteorologist Stephanie Ortmann

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