Thursday, December 28, 2006

Slopes welcome cold, snow

After some unseasonably warm days (some might say "Spring-like"), the North Carolina ski slopes are finally getting what they need: cold weather and snow.

"The warm spell that came over the last two weeks wasn't very kind," Kristin Hull, a customer service agent at Hawksnest ski resort in Seven Devils near Banner Elk, told the Associated Press. "It really looks like our luck is changing. It should be getting pretty crazy around here."

The National Weather Service reported one to three inches of snowfall around Banner Elk on Tuesday night. The resorts said there was even more up on the mountains.

And it could just be the start of "good" (read: ski) weather. According to the AP, forecasts call for daytime temperatures around 45 to 50 degrees for the rest of the week, with nighttime lows near-freezing levels. There's another chance of snow and rain in the area on Sunday.

"People want to get pumped up," Eric Huston, manager of Alpine Ski Center in Charlotte, told the AP. "The cold, Christmas, has snapped everyone's fingers to say, 'It's time. Let's go.'"

3 comments:

Jason B. Graves said...

According to WRAL morning news, this past December is one of the warmest on record. I believe she mentioned top 5. It's been nice, but I would like a little cold weather to balance the hot... Otherwise July comes too quickly!

M. Lail said...

Jason,
Does that mean that we'll have lots of bugs and "skeeters" this summer? Ugh! I know, I know: There's still plenty of time for it to get cold. I'd like a LITTLE bit of winter, please!

M. Lail said...

Hmm. It's been about 70 here in Raleigh the last few days. Probably not good news for the slopes, eh?