More snow in the mountains

Sunday, December 20, 2009

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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1 comment

Brandon said...

I Hiked the middle prong trail today, basically the only road I found open was the one to tremont. The road to cades cove was closed.