All this talk of spring on the trail, but it still looks and feels like January at 6,593’!!! As expected, the mountain endured a long and arduous drop in temperatures as Wednesday pressed on. Our high reading of 35° happened at breakfast yesterday, eventually bottoming out at 7° early this morning. Combined with windchills, we’re talking subzero temps on Mt. LeConte in what is now late April. Snow fell for several hours in various forms, flakes big and small, or the cloud mist instantly freezing to all surfaces. In total it only amounted to a patchy inch at best on the ground, but absolutely coating everything else. The sunshine today should work it’s melting magic, but until the frigid temps break sometime tomorrow afternoon, conditions will remain quite chilly in our neck of the woods.
Another Freeze Warning has been issued for tomorrow morning. Clouds will continue to build throughout Friday. Come Saturday, we’re looking at a full day of potentially heavy rainfall. The forecast is also calling for some gusty winds upwards of 50mph this weekend. Sunday morning looks wet as well until the storm rolls out of town eventually giving us some clearer skies. Despite the rain, temps should rebound to their more seasonal norm.