Well yesterday was certainly an unusually quiet summer day for the mountain, and the park in general, courtesy of the rock slide that caused a temporary closure of US 441. Hats off to the workers who cleared the debris and got it back open for visitors by the afternoon.
It’s a mostly sunny start to this Thursday and decently warm up top already. Should scrape close to low 70s this afternoon. Chances are high yet again for strong thunderstorm development as the day progresses. Depending on how and when these isolated storms strike, rainfall could be torrential with abrupt gusts of wind. Otherwise, expect calm conditions. Precip percentages through the weekend are present, but not overly concerning.
The road maintenance along the Spur between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg wrapped up yesterday, but travelers can still expect delays in and around the Smokies this weekend. The annual “Jeep Invasion” kicks off today and is expected to draw some big crowds to our gateway communities and popular scenic drives. So get an early start on the trail or remember the patience if you hope to avoid the congestion and potential delays this weekend. Have a great day.