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It’s Spring! Flowers and Warm Temps Will Be Around This Weekend, But Defiant Snow Looms Early Next Week

Healthy looking daffodils in Valle Crucis days before spring officially begins | Photo by Ken Ketchie
Healthy looking flowers in Valle Crucis days before spring officially begins | Photo by Ken Ketchie

By Jesse Wood

March 20, 2014. In just a couple hours – well, 12:57 p.m. to be exact – spring will have officially arrived.

While flowers are beginning to pop out of the ground and temps nearing 60 degrees will be prevalent Friday and Saturday, the High Country isn’t out of the winter-like woods yet – which isn’t too unusual for this area for the next several weeks.  

On Monday night and Tuesday, RaysWeather.com forecasts the chance of snow, which the weather outlet quipped as a “bold defiance” to the start of spring.

RaysWeather.com, in its forecast discussion on Thursday, also mentioned that while it’s to early to know the details beyond the short outlook, the weather will be “ridiculously cold for late March.”

While the High Country experienced one of the coldest Januaries on record, the snow totals weren’t historic.

Through March 20, Sugar Mountain has had 76.5 inches of snow; Beech Mountain has had 65.2 inches of snow; and Boone has had 30 inches of snow.

See below for totals of previous years, and check out the 10-year average snow trend – both of which come courtesy of RaysWeather.com.


  • 2013-14 (so far): 30 inches
  • 2012-13: 36.1 inches
  • 2011-12: 13.7 inches

Beech Mountain:

  • 2013-14 (so far): 65.2 inches
  • 2012-13: 104.9 inches
  • 2011-12: 48.7 inches

Sugar Mountain:

  • 2013-14 (so far): 76.5 inches
  • 2012-13: 120 inches
  • 2011-12: 48.5 inches 
Courtesy: Ray’s Weather Center