Sugar Mountain Resort
Today's Forecast
↑39° ↓24°
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  • Dewpoint↓23° / ↑16°
  • Humidity↑42% / ↓90%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth9"
Cloudy through the morning, and then partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy into the evening.
No snow throughout the day.
No precipitation expected.
Winds W 15 to 27 mph through the morning shifting to W 17 to 29 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 36 mph. Wind chill expected to be 9 to 22 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Thursday the 13th
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  • Dewpoint↓25° / ↑23°
  • Humidity↑65% / ↓95%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth8"
Overcast throughout the day. Expect periods of rain throughout the day.
No snow throughout the day.
Potential Precip: 0.01 to 0.03 inches
Winds S 9 to 20 mph through the morning becoming S 12 to 24 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 26 mph. Expected wind chill to be 15 to 28 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Friday the 14th
↑48° ↓34°
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  • Dewpoint↓37° / ↑32°
  • Humidity↑83% / ↓93%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth4"
Cloudy throughout the day. Chance of rain and snow after daylight and then rain in the afternoon, rain in the evening.
Snowfall forecasted to be a dusting in the early morning.
Potential Precip: 0.64 to 3.18 inches
Winds SE 21 to 33 mph through the morning shifting to SE 10 to 21 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 57 mph. Expected wind chill to be 19 to 38 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Saturday the 15th
↑45° ↓34°
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  • Dewpoint↓37° / ↑33°
  • Humidity↑93% / ↓94%
  • Regional New Snow1"
  • Regional Snow Depth2"
Overcast throughout the day. Chance of rain and snow after daylight and then rain and snow in the afternoon, rain and snow in the evening.
Expected snowfall to be a trace amount in the early morning, then another dusting before noon and a trace amount in the afternoon followed by another dusting into the evening.
Potential Precip: 0.21 to 1.05 inches
Winds SW 5 to 14 mph through the morning shifting to NW 8 to 17 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 21 mph. Wind chill expected to be 15 to 33 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Sunday the 16th
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  • Dewpoint↓32° / ↑30°
  • Humidity↑81% / ↓98%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth1"
Mostly cloudy becoming overcast through the morning, and then mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy into the evening. Chance of rain and snow after daylight and then rain in the afternoon, rain and snow in the evening.
Expected snowfall to be a trace amount in the early morning and a dusting in the afternoon.
Potential Precip: 0.02 to 0.08 inches
Winds NW 7 to 16 mph through the morning shifting to NW 5 to 14 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 20 mph. Expected wind chill to be 4 to 16 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Monday the 17th
↑32° ↓20°
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  • Dewpoint↓21° / ↑21°
  • Humidity↑72% / ↓93%
  • Regional New Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth1"
Mostly clear with a few clouds becoming partly cloudy before noon and then mostly cloudy later into the evening. Chance of snow in the evening.
Expected snowfall to be a trace in the afternoon.
Potential Precip: 0.01 to 0.05 inches
Winds NW 10 to 21 mph through the morning becoming NW 8 to 17 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 26 mph. Wind chill expected to be -14 to -3 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
  • Last Update12 Dec @ 12:12
  • Snow Last 24hrs0"
  • Snow Past 48 hrs5"
  • Season Total6"
  • Average Base Depth35 to 69"
  • Today's Snow Potential0"
Comments
25in, past 72 hours. Snow surface is packed powder and frozen granular

  • High Lift Elevation5300
  • Base Elevation4100
  • Vertical Drop1,200ft
  • Longest Trail7,920ft
  • Trails14 of 20
  • Lifts4 of 8
  • Acreage0 of 115 ( 67% )
  • Night Skiing4 lifts/4 trails open
Other Info
  • Groomed Night Ski Trails14 ( 67% )
  • Trails with Snow Making16 ( 76% )
  • Tubingyes
  • Tubing Hours10a-10p
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Conditions
  • Humidity50%
  • Dewpoint14°
  • SustainedW 20mph
  • GustingW 39mph
  • Visibility10.00 miles
  • Snow DepthUnreported
Comments
Fair
Location
Watauga County Hospital Heliport, NC
  • Elevation4,498ft
  • UpdatedDec 12 @ 12:12
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Location
  • City: Banner Elk
  • 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

Wednesday
↑39° / ↓24°
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AM

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↑33° / ↓24°
Skys
Cloudy before noon.
Snow
No snow through the morning.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected.
Winds
Morning winds W 15 to 27 mph with gusts up to 29 mph. Expected wind chill to be 9 to 20 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑38° / ↓31°
Skys
Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected.
Winds
Afternoon winds W 17 to 29 mph with gusts up to 36 mph. Wind chill expected to be 16 to 22 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,370ft
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Thursday
↑40° / ↓30°
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AM

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↑36° / ↓30°
Skys
Cloudy through the morning. Chance of rain after daylight.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: trace amount
Winds
Morning winds S 9 to 20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Wind chill expected to be 15 to 28 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑39° / ↓35°
Skys
Overcast into the evening. Expect periods of rain through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
No snow.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: trace amount
Winds
Afternoon winds S 12 to 24 mph with gusts up to 26 mph. Expected wind chill to be 20 to 26 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,370ft
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Friday
↑48° / ↓34°
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AM

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↑42° / ↓34°
Skys
Cloudy through the morning. Chance of rain and snow after daylight.
Snow
Snowfall expected to be a trace amount in the early morning.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.4 to 1.98 inches
Winds
Morning winds SE 21 to 33 mph with gusts up to 57 mph. Expected wind chill to be 19 to 25 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑46° / ↓41°
Skys
Cloudy through the afternoon and evening. Expect periods of rain through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.24 to 1.2 inches
Winds
Afternoon winds SE 10 to 21 mph with gusts up to 54 mph. Expected wind chill to be 25 to 38 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,370ft
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Saturday
↑45° / ↓34°
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AM

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↑43° / ↓35°
Skys
Cloudy through the morning. Chance of rain and snow after daylight.
Snow
Expected snowfall to be a trace in the early morning, then another dusting before noon.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.1 to 0.48 inches
Winds
Morning winds SW 5 to 14 mph with gusts up to 16 mph. Expected wind chill to be 22 to 33 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑37° / ↓34°
Skys
Cloudy through the afternoon and evening. Chance of rain and snow in the afternoon, rain and snow in the evening.
Snow
Expected snowfall to be a dusting in the afternoon, then another dusting later into the evening.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.12 to 0.58 inches
Winds
Afternoon winds NW 8 to 17 mph with gusts up to 21 mph. Expected wind chill to be 15 to 24 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,370ft
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Sunday
↑41° / ↓30°
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AM

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↑36° / ↓33°
Skys
Mostly cloudy becoming overcast through the morning. Chance of rain and snow after daylight.
Snow
Expected snowfall to be a trace in the early morning.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.01 to 0.05 inches
Winds
Morning winds NW 7 to 16 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Wind chill expected to be 13 to 16 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑37° / ↓32°
Skys
Mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy through the afternoon and evening. Chance of rain in the afternoon and then rain and snow in the evening.
Snow
Expected snowfall to be a dusting in the afternoon.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.01 to 0.03 inches
Winds
Afternoon winds NW 5 to 14 mph with gusts up to 18 mph. Wind chill expected to be 4 to 13 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,370ft
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Monday
↑32° / ↓20°
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AM

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↑29° / ↓24°
Skys
Mostly clear with a few clouds becoming partly cloudy through the morning.
Snow
None expected in the morning hours.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: trace amount
Winds
Morning winds NW 10 to 21 mph with gusts up to 26 mph. Expected wind chill to be -10 to -3 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑26° / ↓20°
Skys
Mostly cloudy through the afternoon and evening. Chance of snow in the evening.
Snow
Snowfall expected to be a trace in the afternoon.
Precipitation
Potential Precip: 0.01 to 0.05 inches
Winds
Afternoon winds NW 8 to 17 mph with gusts up to 21 mph. Expected wind chill to be -14 to -11 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,370ft
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature33°
  • Soil Low Temperature29°
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature32°
  • Soil Low Temperature30°
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature33°
  • Soil Low Temperature31°
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  • Soil High Temperature37°
  • Soil Low Temperature31°
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  • Soil High Temperature38°
  • Soil Low Temperature32°
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