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Since Winter Solstice, Beech and Sugar See 18 Inches of Snow While Boone Receives Nearly Two Inches So Far

By Jesse Wood

Feb. 9, 2015. Last week marked the middle of winter, and since the winter solstice, the High Country hasn’t exactly been a winter wonderland.

This past weekend, for example, actually felt like spring with the parks and greenways packed with people having fun in the sun.

While Beech Mountain (with 36.6 inches of snow according to RaysWeather.com), Sugar Mountain (38 inches) and Boone (8.1 inches) have received a fair amount of snow so far during the 2014-15 winter season, the High Country has received considerably less since the “climatological halftime,” as RaysWeather.com likes to call the middle of winter.

Since the winter solstice on December 21, Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain have received about 13 inches of snow and Boone has seen only 1.9 inches of snow.

The spring equinox won’t arrive until March 20, so there is plenty of time for snow to fall during winter.

We still have most of February left, which can always be brutal, and remember last March? Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain received 18 inches of snow and Boone received 16 inches of snow, according to RaysWeather.com archives.

Coming up this week, RaysWeather.com is forecasting some “snizzle” while we sleep on Monday night/Tuesday morning and some snow showers and flurries on Thursday.

See past snow totals for recent years:


  • 2013-14: 37.8 inches
  • 2012-13: 36.1 inches
  • 2011-12: 13.7 inches

Beech Mountain:

  • 2013-14: 76.2 inches
  • 2012-13: 104.9 inches
  • 2011-12: 48.7 inches

Sugar Mountain:

  • 2013-14: 86.5 inches
  • 2012-13: 120 inches
  • 2011-12: 48.5 inches