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Unread 03-04-2007, 06:23 PM
 
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Default Where is the "snow belt" in the Tri-cities area?

One of our primary reasons in moving south when we retire is to move to a better climate. The tri-cities region offers four seasons, but a much milder and shorter winter than we have here in NE PA.
Typically, though, the higher elevations get much more snow than the valley towns. We're going to be looking outside of the Elizabethton area, and it sounds as if the snow belt begins not too far from there. What towns near there are located in the higher elevations, getting more snow? We prefer to avoid them and enjoy that milder winter we read so much about
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Unread 03-04-2007, 08:50 PM
 
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Elizabethton is in Carter County which does include parts of Roan mountain and the south parts of Carter County which seem to get more snow than Elizabethton. Right next door and a bit flatter/lower elevation than South Carter County is Washington County which is Johnson City, Jonesborough, Gray, Boone's Creek (which is actually Gray) Sulfer Springs, Pinney Flats (half is actually in Sulivan County). Then again, it was snowing here in Gray today (nothing stuck though) but not in Elizabethton.
Hope that helps!
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Unread 03-04-2007, 09:41 PM
 
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I hear about the most snow in Roan Mountain and toward Mountain City. The Elizabethton Star has shown several photos in the paper of the snow in Roan Mountain. I live between Elizabethton and Roan Mountain and we get a little more than Elizabethton and Johnson City. One day snow was sticking to the ground at our house, but you couldn't even tell it had done anything in Elizabethton. A couple of weeks ago we had about 3 inches of snow on the ground here, but when I went to work (Elizabethton then into Johnson City, the snow was quickly fading. We had snow flurries this morning.
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Unread 03-04-2007, 10:10 PM
 
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Thank you both; that info is helpful. The elevation up here makes a noticeable difference. It's often raining in the valley cities, like Scranton, while we're getting heavy snow in the more rural areas, which are in the higher elevations.
This winter was unusual in that Dec. was fairly warm and we didn't get our first significant snowfall till Feb., but it was over 20 inches. We've gotten more snow since then and there's a good couple of feet on the ground, which will probably last till late March or early April.
Some of the nice lots we've seen online are in the Hampton and Butler areas, but we'll look elsewhere if they get heavy snows. We also are in a high wind area; enough that they built 45 windmills (300' tall when an arm is in the 12 o'clock position) across the mountains right outside of town. Definitely something we won't miss
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Unread 03-05-2007, 04:52 AM
 
Location: Tri-Cities area, Tennessee
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If you look at a map, anywhere within 10-15 miles of the TN-NC border (in upper Tennessee) would be the snow belt, I would think.

You'll love it here. We have just enough snow and winter to give you your snow fix (admit it or not, northerners do need some snow) and the place is so lush and green during all the other seasons.
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Unread 03-05-2007, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Elizabethton, TN
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Hello, Cougargm. I lived in Carter County for over 7 years and am very familiar with its weather. The National Weather Service recognizes two climate zones in the county, Northwest Carter and Southeast Carter. Northwest includes Elizabethton, Hampton and the Watauga Lake area. That region is lower in elevation and seldom receives more than a couple inches of snow at one time, although a big snowstorm comes along now and then. The last big one (a two-footer) occurred in January, 1998. And there was an even bigger one in March of 1993. The Southeast part of the county has altitudes ranging from about 2,500 to slightly more than 6,000 feet on Roan Mountain, and a significant number of residents live above the 3,000-foot level. The town of Roan Mountain (named for the mountain peak) is the only town in the Southeast portion and has a population of around 1,200. That area can have several inches of snow and result in county-wide school closings, eventhough the Northwest may have no snow at all. For this reason, most county residents must check the local news on schoolday mornings during winter to learn if the schools are open or closed. If you would like more information on Carter County or Elizabethton, feel free to contact me by Private Message. I now live in Sullivan County but have friends in Carter.
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