Deep Creek Lake MD News and Local Resources: Daily Notes

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Monday February 9

After a snowy weekend, the weather for today will be rainy, with a high near 44 and a low about 40. There will be a southwest wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

All-in, we probably had snow of 3-4 inches from Friday through Sunday morning.  Here’s a photo I took for you off my front porch Sunday, just to give out-of-towner’s a sense of the accumulations (after some melting):
Sunday 2 9 20

After Weekend Snow

First United Bank & Trust recently donated $5,600 to the Garrett County Habitat for Humanity.  This donation was collected during the 2019 Christmas Charity Tour of Homes sponsored by First United.  The mission of the Garrett County Habitat for Humanity is to build safe, adequate houses for those in need who live or work in Garrett County, Maryland.  Nice job to all involved. Here’s the photo of the check presentation:

Tour of Homes

Tour of Homes Check Presentation


The state just posted the agenda for the Board of Public Works meeting in Annapolis on February 19th.  Here it is for those interested.

On Thursday, March 5th, at 6:30 pm, Dr. Deborah Landau, Conservation Ecologist with Maryland/DC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and Appalachian Laboratory fire ecologist Dr. Mark Cochrane will present “Wildfire in Appalachia: Fire history of the Central Appalachians and implications of a changing climate to our forests’ health” as part of the Watershed Moments Community Learning Series. This presentation will be held at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, Maryland, and is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Contact Rhonda Schwinabart, Coordinator of Outreach, at 301.689.7102 or visit

Happy Monday folks!

Friday February 7, Saturday February 8, Sunday February 9

The weather today will be snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 31 and a low around 21. Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible and total nighttime accumulation of around an inch possible. Saturday will be mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. High near 31 and low around 24. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible. Sunday will be partly sunny, with a chance of snow. High near 38 and a low around 32.

We’re in the snowglobe this morning… from the Wisp Mountain webcam:

Wisp Resort Mountain Camera at Deep Creek Lake, MD

According to the Garrett County Health Department, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Garrett County nor Maryland (at this time).

Western Maryland Health System is now UPMC Western Maryland, merging into the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital network.

The Oakland Town Council has given approval for the construction of new mountain bike trails in Broadford Park. The Garrett County Composite Mountain Biking Team made the proposal to the Town so the team could fundraise for the estimated $150,000 it would take to build the trails.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources seeks public comment on the proposed 2021 fiscal year work plan for Potomac Garrett, Green Ridge, Savage River, Chesapeake and Pocomoke State Forests. Annual work plans help identify priorities within the scope of the forest’s long-range management plan. The comment period ends on February 28, 2020.

There are a few events and local entertainment acts happening this weekend! Appreciate the fresh snow and enjoy your weekend!

Thursday February 6

The weather today will be cloudy with rain likely with a high near 51 and a low around 29. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Mike Dailidenas shared a cool panorama with us — here’s a clip of part of the photo:

Mike Dailidenas at Deep Creek Lake, MD

The County Sheriff’s Office has an opening for a Public Safety Communications Officer (911).

Have you made your guess in the “Where Am I?” contest this month?

The town of Friendsville will be holding its municipal election on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, with polls scheduled to be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Running for one of three open council seats are incumbents Pamela Humberson, Edward Kelley and Julia Sines. Also running is James Hook. The town of Friendsville maintains a separate register of voters; however, if one has registered at the Board of Elections and is a resident of Friendsville, he/she automatically qualifies to vote in the municipal election. Applications for absentee ballots can be obtained by calling the Town Hall at 301.746.5919.

Looking to spend a night on the town for Valentine’s Day? A local Girl Scout troop 55004 is offering to babysit for kids ages 6-13! $6/hour $30 for 5-10pm. Call Dawn for questions or more information– 814-418-0878.

It’s Wrestling at HOME for Southern Garrett High School — from 5 – 7pm.

Wednesday February 5 2020

The weather for today will be a bit messy.  Rain, freezing rain, and sleet are likely before 3:00 pm, there’s then a chance of rain between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm, then a chance of freezing rain after 5:00 pm. The high will be near 33, with wind gusts later in the day approaching 25 miles per hour.  Rain and a chance of freeqing rain overnight, as the temperatures start rising toward the morning.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month and HART is offering free dental screenings/assessments for pets and is giving a 15% discount on any work scheduled within 60 days of a pet’s free assessment (call HART for specifics). Sounds like a good deal. I may even try to sneak in and get some work done on my mouth (sorry Dr. Yant)!  Here’s a photo of HART’s volunteer of the month, Beth Luers.  Beth and her husband are both friends and they both volunteer at HART.

Beth Luers

HART Volunteer Beth Luers

Just heard that the Maryland Park Service is upgrading its online reservation system with new features that will make it easier for customers and park staff to use. The new version of the online reservation system will be available to customers February 13th and will be unavailable February 6th – 13th. Once the new version is installed, the reservation site will be mobile-responsive, adjusting to any screen size, and featuring a more modern look and feel.

Have a problem in your life?  Well, there may be a class that is able to help you find a solution. The Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library is holding their “Be a Problem Finder” class this evening at 6:00 pm. Students will learn to pinpoint the root causes of issues in their life, and how they can take the steps needed to fix them.  It will be presented by speaker Jerry Frigaard!

Speaking of problems, I’m glad I’m not the person “responsible” for the technical glitch in tabulating the Iowa Caucus results. Talk about pressure. I hope it gets worked out and truly finalized by the time you read this Wednesday morning.  We live in interesting times, which makes me all the happier to have a home and life in the mountains of good ol’ Garrett County.

If you have been reading my columns here for a while, you know I like to “infuse” little tidbits and info-bits every once in a while, especially related to the state of Maryland and travel in general.  I just read a report of a study of over 1,000 upscale hotels all over the world on their most stolen items.  They are, in decreasing theft-rate order: towels, bathrobes, hangers, pens and cutlery.  Interestingly, while not a high rate of theft according to the study, people do try to steal hotel mattresses. One hotel in Italy even had the grand piano in their lobby stolen. Really! Here’s the link to the findings.

Finally, here’s a nice message and update on the potential transition of the Savage River Lodge.  Mike and Jan are (surprisingly) nearing 70 and after 25 years of seven-day weeks, are considering the next stage of their life.  Good people and a very nice place.  We wish them luck however and whenever a change comes their way.


Tuesday February 4 2020

The weather for today will be wet, with showers forecast.  Expect a low of 35 and a high of 51, with wind up to 15 miles per hour.

Had a nice trip to Annapolis yesterday where I had a confirmation hearing in the Maryland State Senate as a new member of the Maryland Venture Fund Authority.  I was appointed by Governor Hogan.  I am honored and will continue to do my best to support small business and small business formation in our state and especially our mountain region. There’s lots of opportunity out there for entrepreneurs.

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) is holding a “Dough Rai$er” today at Uno’s at the lake from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm.  If you like Uno’s or just want to try them out and do a good deed, print out the coupon and present to your server and 20% of your food check will go to GLAF.

Here’s a cool photo of Wisp back in the day.  I found it on a historic photo site where it was uploaded by Offlake Realty.  Note the vehicles and the limited trees…

Wisp Resort

Wisp Back in the Day

Did you see that whale surfacing at the lake the other day?  OK, we all know there are no whales at the lake, but I also know many of our readers are keenly interested in the environment and bio-diversity/mass reductions of species.  Here’s a brief piece on efforts between the US and Canada to save the North Atlantic Right Whale population.  Check it out if you have a minute. We can all make a difference at many different levels and in many different ways.

Hunters reported taking 82 wild turkeys during Maryland’s 2020 winter turkey season, which was open statewide January 23rd – 25th. Garrett and St. Mary’s counties had the most birds harvested. Here’s the details.

I hope you all have a better day today than those wild turkeys did! Gobble the day up…

Monday February 3 2020

Yesterday was a nice, bright day, with a lot of the snow that fell Saturday night, and previously, melted.  Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 56 and a low around 43. West wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph, and with a chance of showers in the wee hours of the evening.

Please don’t forget that you can get the complete, multi-faceted weather summary and forecast on our weather page.  We believe it is the most complete weather report for around the lake-area as we use a number of sources, including National Weather Service reports and the local weather station at Garrett College.  Click here to check it out.

The lake has not completely frozen over yet, but some of the coves had ice during the recent cold spell.  A number of hardy ice fisher(wo)men ventured out Saturday and there were even a few left on Sunday afternoon.  Here’s a photo of the fishermen along Cherry Creek Cove taken by my wife on Saturday. It’s a bit fuzzy but it shows the level of activity there.  Please be very careful out there as there is plenty of open water on the lake.

Ice Fisherman

Ice Fishing at Cherry Creek Cove

Happy Black History Month folks.  First proposed in 1969 by educators at Kent State University, and then practiced at various educational and other institutions, it was then recognized by president Gerald Ford as part of the Nation’s bicentennial celebration.

After months of training, the Office of the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad is prepared to deploy its newest bomb disposal robot – the new Telerob Telemax PRO. The robot will be placed into service and ready to mitigate possible explosive hazards as of today. It cost $400,000 but that is a small price to pay if it can safe just one life.

Hungry?  Don’t forget that today is Half-Price Monday (for pizza) at Brenda’s Pizzeria.  There are those and other specials to be found on our events and dining specials pages.  They are just a click away. Tell them Mike at Deep Creek Times sent ya!

The Board of County Commissioners is holding a public meeting this afternoon starting at 3:00 pm at the County Courthouse.  Here’s the agenda.

Friday January 31, Saturday February 1, Sunday February 2

The weather today will be cloudy with a high near 41 and a low around 32. A chance of rain and snow showers before 8pm, then a chance of snow showers. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Saturday will be a chance of snow showers before 1pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36 and a low around 29. Sunday will be a slight chance of snow showers, mixing with rain after noon, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41 and a low around 37.

We’d like to take a moment to welcome Lenina and the Lake Pointe Inn as the newest Deep Creek Times advertisers!

Lake Pointe Inn is a 10-room bed and breakfast located lakefront on Deep Creek Lake. An adults-only resort, Lake Pointe offers all the comforts of a fine bed and breakfast with award-winning appointments in the arts and crafts tradition. Light snacks in the afternoon and a complimentary glass of wine are included.

Lake Pointe Inn Winter Photo

Justin Berk, a Maryland meteorologist, shared this topographic map of Maryland and (second photo) of Deleware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. These maps were 3-D printed by Virginia Tech grad student Peter Forister.

Average winter snow:
McHenry = 104”
Baltimore = 21”
Ocean City = 12”


The MD DNR reports St. Mary’s and Garrett counties harvesting the highest numbers of turkeys in Maryland winter turkey season January 23-25. Overall, 82 wild turkeys were harvested statewide; 9 in Garrett County.

Garrett Mentors is hosting the Chamber February Business After Hours on Thursday, February 13th from 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm at Dutch’s at Silver Tree. Register with Holly at (301) 387-6171.

The Lake hasn’t frozen over yet but there is still fantastic fishing for crappie, walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, and chain pickerel. Read the full fishing report this week.

The Maryland Geological Survey will lead professional surveying societies of Maryland and Pennsylvania in a new survey of monuments along the Mason-Dixon Line. This will be the first complete survey in 40 years of the line, which was marked in a 1760s survey that defined the Maryland-Pennsylvania border.

Join the Grantsville Library for a family-friendly way to spend your afternoon today! Fun Factory features crafts and activities on days that the schools dismiss early for staff development. Hannah Byler Contact Email: Contact Phone Number: 301-895-5298

Shane Masters, Keith Roberts Trio, Greg Short & Friends, Derek Shank, Ronnie Burroughs are on the slate for entertainment this weekend.

Mt. Fresh Winter Farmers Market will be held tomorrow from 11am – 1pm. Remember it is the “winter market” so it will be held at Garrett County Community Action at 104 East Center Street in Oakland, Maryland 21550.

Thursday January 30

The weather today will be a chance of snow showers, mainly between 10am and 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 32 and a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Our water and air temperature gauge is beginning to look more like the winter we want to see!

There is a chance building for more snow as a Nor’easter makes its way up the coast. It probably won’t be much accumulation, though.

What a stunning view from yesterday shared by Gena Sweeney:

Gena Sweeney Deep Creek Lake, MD Rime

What’s New Around Town?! This N That Grocery to name one!

The Hogan administration recognized 40 professionals as Maryland’s first class of Climate Change Professionals, an international credential administered by the Association of Climate Change Officers, during the meeting of the Board of Public Works. Read more.

The Garrett County 911 center is in its final stages of testing the Text To 911 and is in need of testing with the carrier Sprint. If you have Sprint as a cellular phone service and are willing to take part in the testing, please contact Ken Collins directly at or phone 301-334-8943.

Any high school students with an interest in forestry, fisheries, wildlife, or parks management are invited to participate in a Natural Resources Careers Camp, July 19-25 at the Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County. Read more.

The WV Maple Syrup Producers Association is working with Western MD maple producers to find ways to help the industry thrive. They are requesting help through your participation in this quick survey:

The next public meeting of the Board of Garrett County Commissioners will be Monday, February 3. The agenda is here.

Wednesday January 29

Yesterday’s weather had a little of everything, from snow, to freezing rain to freezing fog, but with limited accumulations.  Today’s weather will be partly sunny, with a high near 32 and a low around 23. Limited wind as well, but turning partly cloudy later in the day.

Here’s a photo I took from my porch yesterday morning just for our readers that are out of town to give them an idea of the light snow.  Was actually quite beautiful all around with some areas experiencing icing on trees and shubs and others just snow.

January 28 2020

Early in the day Tuesday

And, oh what a difference a few months can make. Here’s a photo just submitted by Todd Handelman based on my request the other day.  A beautiful photo from the top of Wisp taken this summer.  Thanks for sharing Todd, and keep those photos coming folks.

Todd Handelman

Todd Handelman

I had a great day yesterday facilitating an offiste meeting for Department of Social Services and Community Action Committee, two important organizations that help those in need in our community.  I was VERY impressed, not just by the people and their dedication, but by the complexity and uncertaintly they work with trying to help those in need.  My hats off to them.

The first Choose Civility Discussion of 2020 will be held this evening from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library. Stop by and check it out, but please be civil… 🙂

Tuesday January 28

As I write these Daily Notes early Monday evening we are getting some frozen precipitation. The weather for Tuesday calls for a slight chance of flurries and freezing drizzle before 7:00 am, then a chance of snow showers. The high for the day is expected to be 32 degrees, with a low in the evening of around 23 degrees.

Be on the lookout for the Blind Skiers every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Wisp for the next four weeks Jan 28-29, Feb 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19. They just need a little extra space going down the slope and we have the operators slow the lift when they are getting on and off. There’s still time to help out as a guide if you’re a skier (or a snowboarder, to take pictures). Contact Deep Creek Lake Lions on their Facebook page or call Joey at 301.616.4586.

Lions Club

Lions Club Blind Skiers

Moving from the slopes to the summer, I heard Bill’s Marine Service is now accepting reservations for boats for the 2020 season.  They can be reached at 301.387.5535.

The American Red Cross will be in Oakland at the American Legion Hall on February 7th and at the Garrett County Health Department on February 14th. You can find more information at or you can call to schedule an appointment.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources plans to release over 77,000 trout into Garrett County waters in the Spring.  Here’s a link to the latest schedule, by location and showing amounts planned for each location. With that many fish out there even I should be able to catch one!

I know all of our readers have been on the edge of their seat waiting for this news: reports that Iconic SweetHearts conversation candy hearts are back this year, but production issues apparently plagued their new manufacturer. They reviewed a sample of the new SweetHearts and found: 65% had no markings on them at all – completely blank, 24% had unintelligible misprints, 8% had partially printed phrases, Only 3% had full, well-placed phrases. Well, regardless, they probably still taste good and anyway, I’ll be at the lake with my sweetheart on Valentines Day…

Hey there amateur photographers.  If you have a nice photo of the lake-area or a lake-area activity that you would like to share, please send it in to Sarah and I and we will do our best to post it in Daily Notes. You can submit to Thanks in advance…


Monday January 27

Well, the big weekend winter storm was pretty much averted, with just some rain and then snow on Sunday.  Today there’s a chance of snow showers, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm, then a chance of snow showers and freezing rain after 4:00pm. The temperature will range from a high near 33 to a low of 26.  Not much accumulation is expected but it could be hazardous, so please watch out for ice and slick roads.

We’re asking for your thoughts in a quick survey – and you can win 2 Wisp Lift tickets!

Here’s a video posted on the PACE site that shows the speakers Friday morning at the breakfast.

The Deep Creek Lake Lions are holding their annual boat auction on Saturday, May 16. at 1:00 pm at the Lion’s Club dog park next to HART on Bumble Bee road.  If you have a boat you don’t want any more, please consider donating to this good cause.  If you are looking for a “new” boat, this is also a great place to find something.  Boats at all price levels are offered and the proceeds go to support our local Lions non-profit efforts to help the community.  Please consider.  Here’s a snapshot from last year’s auction:

DCL Lions Boat


The Northern and Southern girls basketball teams play this evening up at Northern High School.  Come on out and support your favorite team or just cheer on our local student athletes and enjoy a low cost, wholesome evening out.

Here’s nine wise winter weather tips from Mutts Mulligan of Turf Mutt about winter weather and our dogs.  Simple, practical and I thought I would share them:

Bring Outdoor Dogs Inside –The safest, most comfortable place for your pet during the winter months is inside with you. Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s also too cold for your pet. Offer a warm, dry place to rest inside. A pet bed works perfectly.

Know Your Fur Facts – With the exception of the fur in between their paw pads, which you should trim to prevent painful ice balls from forming, do not cut your dog’s fur in the wintertime. Pets naturally develop winter coats to protect them from the harsh elements. Also, remember that not all dogs are created equally well for winter conditions. Smaller dogs, those with shorter hair, older pups, and pets who are sick might need winter attire like a coat or protective booties to be comfortable outside. For very frail pups and young puppies who have a hard time regulating their body temperature, you will want to limit exposure to necessary breaks and very short walks.

Keep Them Clean & Dry – Keep a dry, clean towel near the door to wipe down your pet’s legs, belly and paws after each outdoor excursion. Also, check your dog’s ears, paws and tail for any sign of frostbite, which shows up as discolored skin, swelling or blisters. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, shallow breathing, weak pulse and lethargy. If either of these conditions appears, take your dog to a warm, dry place and contact your vet. Finally, ice-melt is helpful for humans, but it can hurt your furry friend by irritating their skin and can cause serious illness if ingested.

Wear Reflective Gear – Shorter winter days mean daily walks are often done after the sun sets. In addition to choosing a walking route that is lighted and keeping your dog close to you when walking on the street, you can offer extra protection by getting your pet a reflective collar, leash or coat. Reflective clothing is a good idea for the humans in your pack, as well. Lighted headgear not only helps drivers see you, it also makes it easier to clean up after your dog when you’re on a walk in the dark.

Be Careful Around Ice – Slipping on the ice accumulated on sidewalks and roads can cause muscle strains and other injuries. For those who live near a pond or lake, extra precautions need to be taken to keep your dog – and yourself – away from frozen bodies of water. Even if it looks solid, you or your pet could fall through thin ice.

Be Food & Water Wise – Winter air is dry, so make sure your pet has unlimited access to fresh, clean water to drink. Monitor their food and snack intake since indoor pets – like humans – will burn fewer calories during the winter months.

Operate Outdoor Power Equipment Safely – Using a snow thrower can make quick work of snow removal and create a path to your pet’s relief area. But always keep kids and pets inside, away from the equipment when it is in operation. Having a portable generator on hand can help your whole family stay safe and warm during a winter power outage. Use it safely by keeping the generator dry and placing it outside, away from windows, doors and vents.

Be Prepared for Emergencies – When you are preparing your family’s winter emergency kit, don’t forget the family pet. You should include enough food, water and medication to last five days.

When All Else Fails, Have Fun Inside – As much as Mutt Mulligan or your dog might love romping in the snow, there will simply be days when winter weather makes getting exercise outdoors impossible. Stave off boredom by teaching your dog a new trick or working on an obedience lesson inside. Treat toys and puzzle games provide both mental and physical stimulation until the weather improves.

Have a great Monday folks.

Friday January 24, Saturday January 25, Sunday January 26

The weather today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 41 and a low around 34. A chance of showers. Saturday will be rain and snow showers likely, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 37 and low around 29. West wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Sunday is a chance of snow showers with a high near 32 and a low around 28. West wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Weekend accumulation expected to be less than 3 inches of snow.

I enjoyed a short day of skiiing on Thursday. Awesome views from the top of the mountain!

Deep Creek Lake, MD from the Wisp Resort Chairlift

The Maryland State Fire Marshal is warning parents of a new viral teen video, which may result in fire incidents and cause serious injury. The “challenge” seen on the popular video app, TikTok, involves using the plug part of a phone charger, partially inserting it into the wall outlet, and then sliding a penny down the wall onto the exposed prongs. “We are alerting parents to this challenge, and advise them to not only look for signs of fire play like scorched outlets but to have conversations about fire and electrical safety with tweens and teenagers.”

Winter can be a tough time of year for many of our local wildlife species. You can give them a hand by creating habitat and providing natural foods. In the winter edition of HabiChat learn about Cedar Waxwings, native inkberry holly, Winter Greens for Wildlife, and more.

Are you a birder? Help with the third Maryland-DC Breeding Bird Atlas. MD DNR wants to know what species are still utilizing Maryland to breed through a population survey method known a breeding bird atlas. Data for the Atlas is collected through the MD-DC BBA3 eBird portal and not the standard eBird page.

I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend full of musical entertainment. Enjoy!

Thursday January 23

The weather today will be cloudy with a high near 42 and a low around 27.

Holly Slusser Kern captured this gorgeous sunrise lakeside this morning at Deep Creek Lake — note there is some ice on the lake in the photo. Maybe it will freeze completely over? Our snowmobile riding and ice fishing friends can hope!

Holly Slusser Kern Sunrise at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Will we see some difficult weather? … they say, “red in the morning, sailors take warning” …

AccuWeather shared this map of total expected snowfall for the weather event Friday – Sunday. Looks like it won’t be too much here at the Lake.

AccuWeather Total Snowfall Map

One of our advertisers, Double Oak Farms, shared their son’s “Be the Change You Want To See In The World” project with us — in the month of January, David has chosen that all money he raises will go towards the purchase of honeybees — so far he raised money towards the purchase of 5 pigs, 2 goats, and a sheep that were donated to needy families. Learn more here.

Here’s an older article from the website Only In Your State — “the snowiest town in Maryland” is Oakland, MD.

Garrett County may be facing a budget crisis related to state education spending mandates if legislation from the “Kirwan Commission” is passed as it is currently presented. Other counties in Maryland are facing a similar situation — one delegate proposed a solution.

Mountain Maryland PACE is happening this week — see the live stream at

Wednesday January 22

Today will be sunny, with a high near 39 and a low of 24 in the evening.  Winds will be light and variable and clouds will appear in the evening. The weather yesterday was perfect for snow making and the WISP snow makers were really turning it on all around the mountain. Here’s a photo of me during my lunch break yesterday… It was a bit chilly, but I look good, don’t I?

ski cartoon

Mike on the slope

I bet you didn’t know that this week is Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Week, a grassroots effort by the nation’s fire services to encourage fire prevention and life safety education.  It is an effort supported by the state fire marshal and local fire agencies to get ahead of the 911 call and prevent issues before they occur.

The Deep Creek Watershed Foundation’s (DCWF) Board and its Advisors asked me to share their thanks to all that helped make the watershed cleaner and safer in 2019. This includes all that contributed time, effort and funding to the Foundation as well as State and local agencies and local businesses and individuals. Let’s all continue to help DCWF in their efforts to support, promote and advance scientific study, environmental protection and educational programs relating to the watershed. There’s only one Deep Creek Lake!

The NRA Basic Rifle course is being offered through the Continuing Education and Workforce Development division of Garrett College. The class is scheduled for Saturday, January 25th from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm at the College’s Northern Outreach Center located in Grantsville. There is a range component as well, which will take place in Frostburg.  Contact the college at 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.

Here’s the Winter 2020 Deep Creek Dispatch newsletter from the Property Owners’ Association of Deep creek Lake. Some good information as always, including a brief tribute to their president Paul Weiler who passed away unexpectedly in December.

Safe travels and good luck to all those heading down to Annapolis for PACE meetings over the next few days…


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Thursday January 16

The weather today will be scattered snow showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36 and a low around 18. Breezy, with a west wind around 22 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible and total...

Wednesday January 15

Weather-wise for today we have a chance of showers, mainly after 5:00 pm. Mostly sunny during the day, with a high near 55 and a low around 32. The wind will also pick-up in the evening, with a west wind of 11 - 16 miles per hour, and picking-up after midnight to the...

Tuesday January 14

The weather for today will likely include rain, mainly between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. The high will be near 55, with a low of about 37. There will be a southeast wind of 8 to 13 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. For a national look...

Monday January 13

The weekend had some interesting temperature shifts.  Saturday was in the mid-sixties, Sunday got back down to the 30s and was dreary with a little "spitting" precipitation.  Regardless, I saw tubers and skiers at the Wisp on both days. I guess there are no bad days...

Friday January 10, Saturday January 11, Sunday January 11

The weather today will be cloudy with a high near 53 and a low around 47. South wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Saturday will bring a chance of rain, mainly after 10am. Overall, cloudy with a high near 60 and a low around 47. South wind 13 to 16 mph,...

Thursday January 9

The weather today will be partly sunny, with a high near 36 and a low around 31. Southeast wind 9 to 14 mph. Is this just Deep Creek in one winter photo?! Did you know: Deep Creek Lake is just a short drive from "one of the greatest architectural triumphs of the 20th...

Wednesday January 8

Dear readers: note that we have received a few messages to our page over the last few weeks that did not include contact information. If you are waiting for a reply from us, will you try again? The weather today will be snow showers likely, mainly before 2pm. Mostly...

Tuesday January 7

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in place today from now until 4pm today. Snow, mainly before 4pm. High near 30 low around 25. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible with overnight snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. The Garrett...

Monday January 6

The weather today will be cloudy then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 32 and a low around 25. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph. Welcome back to the routine! Zoe Spencer's puppers says, "Happy New Year!" The Annual Garrett County update will be...

Friday January 3, Saturday January 4, Sunday January 5

My apologies for a late start this morning -- one word: technology! Thank you for your patience! The weather today will be rain with a high near 50 and a low around 35. Saturday will be occasional rain with the temperature falling to around 40 by 5pm. Rain and snow,...

Thursday January 2

The weather today will be increasing clouds and rain tonight. A high near 49 and a low around 42. Southwest wind 11 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. The New Year seems like it's off to a great start! T. Wiltison captured this sunrise today: What are your New...

Wednesday January 1

HAPPY 2020! May the new year be full of blessings for each and every one of our readers! The weather today will be scattered flurries before 10am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 34 and a low around 28. West wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts...

Tuesday December 31

The weather today and tomorrow will be snow showers with a high near 33 and a low around 25. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible and total nighttime accumulation of around...

Monday December 30

The weather today will be a chance of showers before 10am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a temperature falling to around 45 by 5pm. Southwest wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Tonight is a chance of rain and snow showers with a low...

Friday December 27, Saturday December 28, Sunday December 29

The weather today will be a chance of showers, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 51 and a low around 40. West wind around 9 mph. Saturday will be partly sunny with a high near 52 and a low around 42. Sunday will be showers mainly after 1pm. High near 53 and...

Thursday December 26

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 55 and a low around 40. The days have been warmer but the evenings have been perfect for this (thanks to Jennelle Cyr for sharing her view!) It's a quiet day today - I think every one must be enjoying a little...

Tuesday December 24

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 47 and a low around 28. Tomorrow, Christmas Day, will be mostly sunny with a high near 51 and a low around 37. We had a gorgeous sunset last evening -- Mike Tilley sent this one into us: There are still TWO more...

Monday December 23

After a sunny and warmer Sunday, the weather for today will be mostly sunny with a high near 51 and a low around 29. Thanks to Beka Beka for sharing this neat pic with us: I (actually, I mean Santa) went to Cashmere & Company and got some nice presents for my...

Friday December 20, Saturday December 21, Sunday December 22

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 34 and a low around 23. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with a high near 40 and a low around 26. Sunday, more of the same; mostly sunny with a high near 43 and a low around 28. Here's a photo my dad, Larry, captured this...

Thursday December 19

The weather today will be sunny! A high near 22. Wind chill values as low as zero and a low around 21. Mike took these before and after photos from his place in Swanton. The ice really weighed the trees down! Also, Mary Freese (top photo) and June McClosky (bottom...

Wednesday December 18

The weather today will be snow showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 20 with wind chill values as low as zero. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Tonight will be a low around 12 with wind chill values as low as...

Tuesday December 17

The weather today will be rain before 1pm, then snow likely. Temperature falling to around 30 by 4pm; overnight low of 21. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible; overnight snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible. There are many...

Monday December 16

The weather today will be snow and freezing rain before 11am, then freezing rain likely between 11am and 1pm, then rain after 1pm. High near 33 and a low around 32. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime ice accumulation of less than...

Friday December 13, Saturday December 14, Sunday December 15

The weather today will be rain or freezing rain before noon, then a chance of rain. High near 37 and a low around 34. Saturday will be rain before 2pm, then rain and snow. High near 40 and a low around 29. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west 12 to 17 mph in the...

Thursday December 12

The weather will be sunny with a high near 31 and a low around 24. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. There may be a narrow band of freezing rain and/or ice build-up starting early tomorrow morning according to AccuWeather. The air temperature has gone "off-the-chart" ......

Wednesday December 11

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 24 and a low around 15. West wind 14 to 17 mph. Tonight is the annual GLAF Annual Meeting -- reviewing the many successes from the 2019 season, highlighting the upcoming 2020 GLAF Season, as well as, holding the...

Tuesday December 10

The weather today will be rain before 2pm, then rain and snow showers likely between 2pm and 4pm, then snow showers likely after 4pm. Temperature falling to around 32 by 5pm. West wind around 16 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected during the daytime and snow...

Monday December 9

The weather was cool, as expected, but not at all bad this weekend.  Today's weather will be rain, mainly before 5pm. High near 51 and a low around 46. Wisp Resort has announced its opening date: This Friday, December 13! Here's a little bit of Yuletide "hearth...

Friday December 6, Saturday December 7, Sunday December 8

The weather today will be rain likely after noon, mixing with snow after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 43 and a low around 22. West wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected. But isn't it...