Cataloochee Ski Area
Today's Forecast
↑47° ↓34°
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  • Dewpoint↓24° / ↑22°
  • Humidity↑32% / ↓68%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy through the morning, and then mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy into the evening.
None expected.
No precipitation expected.
Winds variable at 1 to 8 mph through the morning shifting to S 5 to 14 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 18 mph. Expected wind chill to be 23 to 39 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Wednesday the 19th
↑45° ↓37°
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  • Dewpoint↓29° / ↑26°
  • Humidity↑46% / ↓75%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Mostly cloudy becoming cloudy through the morning, and then overcast through the afternoon and evening.
None expected throughout the day.
None expected.
Winds S 5 to 14 mph through the morning becoming S 8 to 19 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 25 mph. Expected wind chill to be 26 to 32 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Thursday the 20th
↑46° ↓39°
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  • Dewpoint↓40° / ↑34°
  • Humidity↑71% / ↓96%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Overcast throughout the day. Expect periods of rain throughout the day.
No snow throughout the day.
Potential Precip: 0.41 to 2.05 inches
Winds S 8 to 19 mph through the morning shifting to S 5 to 14 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 30 mph. Expected wind chill to be 26 to 34 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Friday the 21st
↑44° ↓36°
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  • Dewpoint↓38° / ↑34°
  • Humidity↑79% / ↓96%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Mostly cloudy becoming cloudy through the morning, and then cloudy becoming mostly cloudy into the evening. Chance of rain after daylight and then rain in the afternoon, rain and snow in the evening.
Expected snowfall to be a trace amount in the afternoon, then another dusting in the evening.
Potential Precip: 0.3 to 1.5 inches
Winds SW 8 to 17 mph through the morning shifting to W 11 to 22 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 28 mph. Wind chill expected to be 16 to 36 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Saturday the 22nd
↑38° ↓29°
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  • Dewpoint↓24° / ↑17°
  • Humidity↑42% / ↓90%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy through the morning, and then clear through the afternoon and evening.
None expected.
None expected.
Winds NW 8 to 17 mph through the morning becoming W 6 to 15 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 21 mph. Expected wind chill to be 11 to 20 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Sunday the 23rd
↑41° ↓33°
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  • Dewpoint↓25° / ↑19°
  • Humidity↑43% / ↓71%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Clear becoming partly cloudy before noon and then mostly clear with a few clouds later into the evening.
No snow throughout the day.
None expected.
Winds W 5 to 14 mph through the morning becoming NW 5 to 14 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 18 mph. Wind chill expected to be 21 to 28 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
  • Last Update18 Dec
  • Snow Last 24hrs"
  • Snow Past 48 hrs0"
  • Season Total"
  • Average Base Depth"
  • Today's Snow Potential0"
Comments

  • High Lift Elevation5400
  • Base Elevation4660
  • Vertical Drop0ft
  • Longest Trail2mi
  • Trails of 10
  • Lifts of 4
  • Acreage of 15 ( )
Other Info
  • Additional ReportsNA
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Conditions
  • Humidity68%
  • Dewpoint25°
  • SustainedE 3mph
  • GustingE 0mph
  • Visibility10.00 miles
  • Snow DepthUnreported
Comments
Fair
Location
Jackson County Airport, NC
  • Elevation4,751ft
  • UpdatedDec 18 @ 06:11
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Location
  • City: Maggie Valley
  • State: North Carolina
  • Country: United States
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December 07, 2018 - Aspen and Western Colorado Short/ Long Range Outlook
Mostly light additional snow, then a mostly sunny weekend, and  more snow next Tuesday and Wednesday (heavier)!

HOW ARE WE DOING (please contact chris@snowforecast.com or comment below)? Let us know please...

Light snow for most areas including Aspen, and  across southwest Colorado...

-The latest storm absolutely dumped RAIN and snow across southern California, is headed mainly along the Mexico border now, and taking a southern track... El Nino style, with a few" of snow across southwest Colorado to Aspen's mountains, under a moist southwest flow of moisture across the mountains, while most energy passes to the south

This coming weekend we expect a high pressure ridge to build in, with cooler air dragged into Colorado initially on Saturday, as the southern tracking low pressure system exits (northwest/ north flow of winds from the colder north), and sunshine pops through in the then drier air... Powder + sunshine, what Colorado is known for!

LONGER RANGE:
It looks like El Nino is not an official anomaly yet, as I expected in my September LR forecast (for Aspen and SW Colorado / For northern Colorado resorts) so we are in an ENSO Neutral phase, though in the latest update from NOAA, we are seeing warming waters, still a weak El Nino at best. This may explain the more southerly tracking storm systems we have seen, and will likely see in the coming weeks of December and January. CM

Next week, the 11th onward, we expect a couple of snow storms and some moderate to significant snow for western Colorado. Because these look like strong and cold systems (ask Niseko, Japan) with a good fetch of moisture across the Pacific, they are capable of good snowfall across all of western Colorado if the track is right (a bit more north). It looks like 2 storms total for next week, one Tuesday/ Wednesday and another late next week. CM

(NO CHANGE from the last LR update) : It is looking like we may see a busy time as we approach the Christmas and New Year holiday period, with some significant storms possibly lining up to affect all of the western US including Colorado... We expect to see a 7-14 day period of down time and mostly sunny skies following this series of storms, that may start around/ after Christmas. In January we see that down time to start the month (a week-ish), then storms should kick in again on a more regular basis, but possibly favoring northern resorts this time as the east coast gets hit hard and these systems brush mainly northern Colorado. More updates are coming. Do you have any ideas on what you want to see in our discussions? Please contact through the site! We do not charge for any of our info, and have been providing it all for free since 1998, "Predicting Sick Days since 1998"! CM

Expanded Outlook

Tuesday
↑47° / ↓34°
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AM

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↑42° / ↓34°
Skys
Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy through the morning.
Snow
No snow.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected in the morning hours.
Winds
Morning winds variable at 1 to 8 mph. Expected wind chill to be 23 to 38 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑46° / ↓39°
Skys
Mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy into the evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds S 5 to 14 mph with gusts up to 18 mph. Expected wind chill to be 30 to 39 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,493ft
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Wednesday
↑45° / ↓37°
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AM

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↑41° / ↓37°
Skys
Mostly cloudy becoming cloudy through the morning.
Snow
No snow through the morning.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected.
Winds
Morning winds S 5 to 14 mph with gusts up to 18 mph. Wind chill expected to be 29 to 32 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑45° / ↓40°
Skys
Cloudy through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
None expected.
Winds
Afternoon winds S 8 to 19 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Wind chill expected to be 26 to 32 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,493ft
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Thursday
↑46° / ↓39°
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AM

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↑39° / ↓39°
Skys
Cloudy through the morning. Chance of rain after daylight.
Snow
None expected in the morning hours.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.04 to 0.18 inches
Winds
Morning winds S 8 to 19 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Expected wind chill to be 26 to 28 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑45° / ↓43°
Skys
Overcast into the evening. Expect periods of rain through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
No snow through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.38 to 1.9 inches
Winds
Afternoon winds S 5 to 14 mph with gusts up to 19 mph. Wind chill expected to be 26 to 34 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,493ft
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Friday
↑44° / ↓36°
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AM

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↑42° / ↓40°
Skys
Mostly cloudy becoming cloudy before noon. Chance of rain after daylight.
Snow
None expected in the morning hours.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.16 to 0.78 inches
Winds
Morning winds SW 8 to 17 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Wind chill expected to be 29 to 36 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑39° / ↓36°
Skys
Cloudy becoming mostly cloudy through the afternoon and evening. Chance of rain in the afternoon and then rain and snow in the evening.
Snow
Snowfall forecasted to be a trace in the afternoon, then another trace amount later into the evening.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.15 to 0.73 inches
Winds
Afternoon winds W 11 to 22 mph with gusts up to 28 mph. Wind chill expected to be 16 to 29 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,493ft
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Saturday
↑38° / ↓29°
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AM

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↑31° / ↓29°
Skys
Mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy before noon.
Snow
No snow through the morning.
Precipitation
None expected.
Winds
Morning winds NW 8 to 17 mph with gusts up to 21 mph. Wind chill expected to be 11 to 17 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑33° / ↓32°
Skys
Clear through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected.
Winds
Afternoon winds W 6 to 15 mph with gusts up to 19 mph. Wind chill expected to be 18 to 20 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,493ft
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Sunday
↑41° / ↓33°
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AM

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↑35° / ↓33°
Skys
Clear becoming partly cloudy before noon.
Snow
None expected in the morning hours.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected in the morning hours.
Winds
Morning winds W 5 to 14 mph with gusts up to 18 mph. Expected wind chill to be 21 to 28 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑38° / ↓36°
Skys
Mostly clear with a few clouds through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds NW 5 to 14 mph with gusts up to 18 mph. Expected wind chill to be 23 to 26 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,493ft
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Snow Maker's Corner

Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature42°
  • Soil Low Temperature37°
Base Wet Bulb Temperatures (F)
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature42°
  • Soil Low Temperature37°
Base Wet Bulb Temperatures (F)
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature41°
  • Soil Low Temperature39°
Base Wet Bulb Temperatures (F)
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature43°
  • Soil Low Temperature41°
Base Wet Bulb Temperatures (F)
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature39°
  • Soil Low Temperature38°
Base Wet Bulb Temperatures (F)
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