Although winter is still around the corner, Banner Elk is already seeing cold temperatures and frost. It won’t be long before ski slopes are making snow, the ice rinks are opening for business and the snowboarders are coming in droves.
In a couple weeks, we’ll find out what the wooly worm predicts for our winter season, but if early temperatures are and indication, we’re in for what could be a winter to rival two years ago, when more than 120″ of snow fell in the Highcountry. For more than 35 years, the race-winning-wolly worm has been used to predict the upcoming winter season and more times than not, has been right. In fact, local legend claims the predictions are more than 80% accurate, that’s almost as good as any new forecast.
This weekends temperatures dipped below freezing for the second time this season and front hit the higher elevations. Plants were covered, windshields needed scraping, and people starting thinking about winter.
This may spell an early end to this year’s leaf season. Cold weather usually quickens the changes.
Whether you’re a “Leafer”, as some refer to the people coming to watch the leaves change, or a skier waiting for winter to start, it’s time to make your reservation, if you haven’t already.
Try one of the many Banner Elk Bed and Breakfast lodges.
The Banner Elk Bed and Breakfast family of inns
Innkeepers – Greg and Amy Gardner
Banner Elk, NC 28604
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