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Temperatures Dip Into the Low Teens at Tops of Beech, Sugar & Grandfather, Another Cold Night Forecasted

High Country residents and vegetation woke up to a chilly morning on Wednesday. Photos by Ken Ketchie

By Jesse Wood

April 15, 2014. Some of the High Country woke up to temperatures in the teens on Wednesday morning, and Boone likely won’t see temperatures emerge into the 60s again until Saturday.

According to the CRONOS database with the N.C. Climate Office, temperatures on Grandfather Mountain dropped to a low of 13.1 degrees at around 3 a.m. on Wednesday. By 9 a.m., temperatures had risen into the 30s.

At the top of Beech Mountain the low temperature was recorded at 5 a.m. with a preliminary reading of 11.7 degrees, according to the CRONOS database.

RayWeather.com noted that the top of Sugar Mountain Resort was right there with the cold weather of Beech Mountain, while most of the rest of the High Country was in the lower to mid 20s.

“Another cold night is ahead, with subfreezing temperatures expected again. Valley frost is likely again Friday morning before we finally start to see a more significant moderating trend going into the upcoming weekend,” RaysWeather.com notes in its forecast discussion on Wednesday.

Aside from some cloudiness forecasted early on Saturday, Easter-weekend weather looks perfect to do some Easter egg hunts outside. 

In the spirit of MerleFest, which takes place in North Wilkesboro the following weekend, RaysWeather.com gives Saturday and Sunday “four raccoons,” so makes plans to play, work or hang outside if you can. 

The cold weather curled the rhododendron leaves on Wednesday morning.


Flowers wilted from the cold weather late Tuesday, early Wednesday.


Flowers wilted from the cold.


The iconic cold-weather shot in Boone is the historic waterwheel on N.C. 105.