Hold on to your hats, because it’s about to get interesting up here! The giant blob on the radar is about to smother our region bringing rainfall that is expected to last well into Sunday morning. That much rain for so long could see us receive anywhere from 3-4” over the next 24 hours. As the storm drags on, naturally the mountain streams could get inundated and swell. So to avoid any potential flooding hazards, it’s best to get an early start on the trail and beat the brunt of this thing. The winds forecast has now been upgraded to a High Wind Warning, calling for gusts upwards of 75mph across the mountains. It will go into effect just before lunchtime and last the rest of the day. As of now US 441 (Newfound Gap Rd) is still open. Guests with reservations shouldn’t delay in getting on trail and up the mountain today, as a safe, cozy cabin awaits.
Friendly reminder that day hikers choosing to brave the elements today are responsible for coming prepared (which is always the case really). Regardless of what the weather decides to do, the COVID-19 health and safety protocols implemented by the NPS at the lodge remain in effect. That means no long term respite indoors, as all services are “to-go” in any public spaces. Sunday afternoon will witness clearing of skies and an end to turbulent weather, offering much more pleasant conditions for exploring the outdoors.
Please use caution on trail today and report any new hazards to our staff or the NPS. Thank you.