Mt. LeConte now has 32 inches of snow on the ground as reported by the winter caretaker at the Lodge. This is an additional 12 inches from yesterday afternoon.
As of 1:07 p.m. today, the National Weather Service is reporting 24 inches of snow on the ground at Newfound Gap, and 5 inches at the Sugarland Visitor Center.
More snow is on the way. The National Weather Service has a winter storm warning posted for the North Carolina side of the Smokies until 4 p.m. today. Snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are possible in Cherokee - more likely in the mountains.
It's likely that many, if not all the roads in the Smokies are still closed. The Smokies road conditions hotline has been busy (865-436-1200), and the park website hasn't been updated since Thursday. It would be extremely helpful if the park could keep the site updated during weather conditions like this.
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