Saturday, January 8, 2011

Most roads closed in Smokies: More snow on the way

The snow from last night and in recent days has closed almost every road in the Great Smoky Mountains this morning. The winter caretaker atop Mt. LeConte is reporting 7 new inches of snow, making a total of 15 inches on the ground right now.

The National Weather Service is calling for more snow over the next several days, which will likely keep most roads closed during this time period. Here's the latest forecast:

ACCUMULATIONS...ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 6 INCHES ALONG THE HIGHEST RIDGE TOPS NEAR THE TENNESSEE BORDER ARE EXPECTED TODAY...WITH 2 TO 4 INCHES IN SURROUNDING AREAS. THE MAJOR SNOW STORM SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT COULD PRODUCE AN ADDITIONAL 4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOWFALL.

Here are the current road closures:

• Newfound Gap Road
• Little River Road
• Laurel Creek Road to Cades Cove
• Cades Cove Loop Road
• The Gatlinburg By-Pass
• Cherokee Orchard Road at Twin Creeks Science Center
• Greenbrier Entrance Road
• Cataloochee Entrance Road
• Toms Branch Road
• Cosby Entrance Road
• Lakeshore Drive
• Old NC-284 between Big Creek and Cataloochee
• Tremont Road
• Wears Cove Road
• Foothills Parkway (east and west)

To stay up-to-date on weather forecasts and conditions in the Smokies, click here.

For the latest road reports, click here or call the park office at (865) 436-1200.




Jeff
HikingintheSmokys.com

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