High Country Prepares for Second Round of Wintry Weather

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 BOONE, NC — It was a chilly evening Wednesday in Boone.  Elevations around 3,500 feet received one to two inches of snow early Wednesday morning, which included the towns of Blowing Rock and Boone.  The higher elevations over 4,000 feet, which includes many of the ski areas, received anywhere from two to five inches of snow.

Gastonia resident Austin Glaza and some friends didn’t let the threat of slick roads and travel congestion prevent them from catching some early-season powder on the slopes.  “Being bored at home for Thanksgiving break, we just decided to ride for a little bit,” said Glaza.  With more snow in the forecast, he plans on making another trip up this weekend.  

And skiers aren’t the only happy ones to see the snow.  Suzy Opalinski traveled from Florida for an annual Thanksgiving trip with her family and was all smiles.  “The snow was perfect.  Being able to trudge in the snow and cut down the tree is just so much fun, so we had a blast,” she said.

With snow creating the perfect mountain retreat, the only thing that could ruin that would be slick roads and a long travel, but Suzy was very happy with the DOT and its attention to keeping the roads clear for everyone.  “The roads were fine,” she said.  “They plowed the roads near the house we are renting, and we got up and down with no problem.”

WCCB’s Greg Armbrecht talked with the DOT, and crews will be monitoring the roads throughout the night, and they will be putting down salt as another round of light snow is likely.