Frankenstorm 2012 (Hurricane Sandy) is causing havoc up and down the eastern seaboard. The “Mega Storm” is predicted to effect some 80 million people and could cause billions of dollars worth of damage. But as skiers we only have one question…. Who is going to get the snow?
As it turns out not as many resorts as you might think. Resorts in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania will be the big winners with some areas picking up two to three feet of snow.
Here is what the Wall Street Journal had to say…
Snow has begun to fall in the mountains of West Virginia and is expected to intensify over the next 24 hours across Appalachia as precipitation from Hurricane Sandy collides with cold air from the west.
The National Weather Service is forecasting snowfall of between two and three feet at the higher elevations along the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia, and lower accumulations across hilly swaths of southwestern Virginia and western Maryland. Snow could also accumulate in the Laurel Highlands in western Pennsylvania.
The early dumping of snow is the result of an unusual confluence of a tropical hurricane moving north and west and a front of cold air pushing east. In New York state and New England, warmer precipitation carried along by the hurricane is expected to continue to fall as rain.
“The bulls-eye of the heavy snow is going to be south of Pennsylvania in West Virginia and Maryland,” said Joe Palko, a Pittsburgh-based hydrologist with the National Weather Service. He said he had been monitoring traffic cams Monday morning showing snow falling in Tucker County, W.Va.
The weather service has issued a rare blizzard warning for heavy snow and low visibility conditions in several counties in West Virginia and Maryland. – wsj.com
The following resorts are currently receiving snow or are forecasted to receive snow:
- Snowshoe Mountain Resort, WV
- Timberline Four Seasons Resort, WV
- Canaan Valley Resort, WV
- Winterplace Ski Resort, WV
- Mad River Mountain, OH (Ohio’s Largest Ski Resort)
- Snow Trails, OH
- Seven Springs, PA
- Hidden Valley Four Seasons Resort, PA