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High Country Sees First Snow of ’17-18 Season

Photos of the snow on Sunday. Photos by Ken Ketchie

By Jesse Wood

The High Country received its first snow of the 2017-18 winter season on Sunday. Higher elevations, such as Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain, saw an inch of snow, according to RaysWeather.com.

With snow covering roads on Monday morning, Avery County Schools canceled school on Monday. Watauga County Schools operated on a two-hour delay to begin the week.

And with that, the freezing temps are gone for a while. According to RaysWeather.com, warmer weather begins to pick up today and extends at least through the weekend. While Monday will feature highs in the low 40s, Tuesday and Wednesday will feature highs in the mid-50s and Thursday through Sunday should see highs in the 60s.

“Temperatures return to seasonal levels by the second half of this week,” RaysWeather.com noted on Monday morning in its forecast discussion.

Boone received a high wind gust of 50 degrees on Sunday evening.  As for wind speed (not gust), Banner Elk saw a high of 26 mph and Zionville saw a high of 17 mph. 

Below are some low temps from this morning: 

  • Boone: 26.5 degrees
  • Blowing Rock: 24.5 degrees
  • Foscoe: 27.2 degrees
  • Deep Gap: 27.3 degrees
  • Zionville: 26 degrees
  • Banner Elk: 23.6 degrees
  • Beech Mountain: 17.9 degrees
  • Seven Devils: 24.2 degrees


Ice on the Water Wheel on Highway 105 in Boone on Monday morning
Sunday afternoon the higher elevations around Boone had a dusting of snow.

Sunday afternoon at Fred’s General Mercantile where their football display was covered with snow.


The gazebo at Fred’s on top of Beech Mountain Sunday afternoon where the temperature was in the mid 20s
Beech Mountain resident walking her dog Sunday afternnon
Deer hanging out at the grounds of Alpen Restaurant and Bar waiting for a food treat of corn.

Halloween decorations along the road on Beech Mountain.
A sign of things to come with Beech Mountain chairlifts in a snowy landscape
Still signs of fall on a wintery Sunday afternoon on Beech Mountain