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Record Lows on Thursday in High Country, Won’t Exceed Freezing Until Saturday

Cold-weather pics from Thursday morning.
Cold-weather pics from Thursday morning in Boone and the campus of ASU.


By Jesse Wood

All of the official climate stations of National Weather Service’s Blacksburg, Va., office set record low temperatures during the recent cold snap, and RaysWeather.com noted that record lows were broken at most of its weather stations this morning.

On Thursday morning, RaysWeather.com recorded a low of -4.8 in Boone this morning, which was significantly lower than the previous record of 1 recorded in 1958 for Feb. 19.

Similarly, Banner Elk recorded a record low of -.7.9 for Feb. 19, which is nearly four degrees lower than the -4 recorded on the same day more than 50 years ago in 1958.

Beech Mountain, which doesn’t have records dating as far back as those two towns, recorded a low of -15.1 on Tuesday morning. The previous low on record was -2, recorded in 1993.

Earlier this week, the National Weather Service issued a wind-chill advisory for the High Country for the past couple of days. Grandfather Mountain received wind gusts as high as 81.4 mph, which was recorded at 1 a.m. on Thursday, when the wind chill dropped to -44.6.

But the lowest wind chill atop Grandfather Mountain was -52.5, which happened at 8 a.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning. For the past 12 hours, the wind chill has been in the negative double digits.

See how cold it was in other areas of the Avery and Watauga counties at end of article.

  • App Ski Mountain: -8.4
  • Banner Elk: -7.9, (-4, 1958)
  • Beech Mountain: -15.1, (-2 in 1993)
  • Blowing Rock: -6.4
  • Boone: -4.8, (1, 1958)
  • Deep Gap: -3.7
  • Foscoe: -3.9
  • Newland: -6.3
  • Seven Devils: -6.3
  • Snake Mountain: -13.8
  • Sugar Mountain Top: -14.5


An App State student, Levi Annas, walking from dorm room at ASU to State Farm parking lot because AppalCart wasn’t running. Lucky for him, photographer picked him up and gave him a lift.
A classic winter-weather shot in the High Country. The historic water wheel on N.C.105 is frozen over. Photos by Ken Ketchie
The Appalachian State University campus is empty on a very chilly Thursday morning.
Classes for Appalachian State University are cancelled until at least Friday morning at 10 a.m.
Not a good day to be a duck, but this is nothing new for the ducks at the Duck Pond on the campus of Appalachian State University.
Rivers Street, which runs through the college campus, is lightly travelled this morning as classes are cancelled and offices of the Town of Boone and Watauga County are closed on Thursday.