Current Conditions in the Highcountry

It’s downright nasty outside this weekend as a full-on winter storm bears down across the Cumberlands and rest of the Appalachian chain. If you’re an outdoors enthusiast, though, you’re probably less interested in the weather forecast for your town and more interested in what’s going on across the higher elevations. After all, official weather forecasts for our region typically don’t address what’s going on 1,000 to 2,000 feet (or more!) above valley settlements and low-elevation mountain hollers.

Thankfully, there’s good news: you don’t have to leave the comfort of your computer to get a live fix on what’s happening across the backcountry of the Cumberlands. We’ve provided a list of the best local websites, webcams, and weather stations that feature a hyperlocal view of the Cumberlands below. Bookmark this page or any of those linked below and get your fix while the storm bears down on our region:

Get a Detailed Local Forecast

  • Appalachian Climate Center – Southwest Virginia native Wayne Browning has provided an outstanding and hyperlocal website for weather conditions in the Cumberlands of Southwest Virginia – a region that often doesn’t match official forecasts due to its high elevations and unusual, terrain-driven weather conditions. Give Wayne’s site a spin: the most recent forecast can be found at the “Today’s Forecast” button in the header.

Webcams – See the Highcountry

  • High Knob Massif Webcam – Located on the University of Virginia’s College at Wise campus, this camera faces directly towards the High Knob Massif and its 4,223-foot summit, the highest point in the Cumberland Mountains.
  • Whitetop, VA Webcam  – Not in the Cumberlands but provides a good view of what’s going on near 5,000 feet above sea level and across the Great Valley.
  • Bays Mountain Webcam – Located in Kingsport, TN

Find Out What’s Happening In Real Time

  • Black Mountain Mesonet Site – Monitoring station installed above 4,000 feet on Black Mountain, KY, providing real-time data on weather conditions. Conditions will vary from peak to peak across the Cumberlands, but this site is one of the only publicly-accessible weather stations found across the region’s higher summits.(Choose the “Harlan County (BMTN)” site on the left side of the screen at the link.)
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