Record December snow blankets High Country
December 15, 2018, 6:00pm
Winter Storm Diego blanketed the High Country with snow recently. Some areas reported more than two week of the white stuff, which began falling late on Saturday night and continued into Monday.
According to local news reports, "Snow totals ranging from 16.5 inches to 26 inches across Watauga County, including a 24-hour December record, were confirmed by the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg, Va for the Dec. 8-10 period."
That's for the Boone area. Elsewhere in the High Country, "The National Weather Service is reporting that Jefferson got 19 inches of snow, Beech Mountain received 16 inches of snow and Boone got 15 inches of snow. These numbers are reported from official NWS weather stations. Other preliminary snow totals indicate that Piney Creek in Alleghany County got 20.5 inches of snow, Sugar Mountain got 20 inches of snow, Meat Camp and Lenoir both had 18 inches, Fleetwood ended up with 14 inches and Hickory got 14 inches."
Social media was populated by dozens of great photos showing off the majesty of a record early snow. Here are just a few shared by the High Country Association of Realtors twitter feed.
Gratuitous Horsey clip.— William⚔️MacDuff【ツ】🎄🏴 (@CrashMacDuff) December 14, 2018
Horses frolic and play in the snow.
Banner Elk, North Carolina, USA.
Hannah and Luna are two horses that are part of the Apple Hill Farm family. The farm is open to the public year round for tours and to visit the farm store. pic.twitter.com/DZ2scLQJ2o
#GrandfatherMountain's resident elk, Doc Merle and Watson, enjoy the remnants of last weekend's #snow storm.— Grandfather Mountain (@GrandfatherMtn) December 14, 2018
Photo by John Caveny | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation pic.twitter.com/vH4lXruBOZ
16+ inches in the Falling Spring area of Alleghany County!! It is a winter wonderland. pic.twitter.com/fYeMNF9xBY— Erin Simmons (@ErinsSimmons) December 10, 2018
Deer in the snow pic.twitter.com/59FOOFPyXp— Wes Grimes 💻/🌤/❄️ (@wesgrimes) December 10, 2018
Boone, NC via drone from Thomas Digital.— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) December 10, 2018
## Christmastown pic.twitter.com/NSPmWSKjjk
Looking towards Ashe County High School and various retail stores pic.twitter.com/wgn4hPdGox— West Jefferson, NC (@DownTownWJ) December 14, 2018
Wherever you & whatever you're doing this weekend, we hope you're able to enjoy the vast beauty of the region—just like this beautiful barn in Valle Crucis, shot by Leslie Restivo! #FridayFeeling #HighCountry #WataugaCounty pic.twitter.com/724QD8qbJZ— WNC magazine (@WNCmagazine) December 14, 2018