Starry nights giving way to sunny skies is just what one hopes for. Should be a mostly pleasant day high above East TN. Plenty of sunshine expected this morning and into the afternoon before a slight chance of rain showers for this evening. It will continue to be hot and humid down below which should make a visit to the top delightful. Temps are starting out in the mid 50s and we’ll easily get into the upper 60s today. The forecast for the remaining weekend is basically on repeat.
We’re watching the quick development of Tropical Storm Ida as it tracks up through the gulf. Early models indicate that it could pivot east and pass over or near the Smokies early next week. More rainfall on an already saturated region could mean the potential for more rock slides like we just witnessed below Newfound Gap.
Another reminder about expecting heavy traffic in Sevier County, not only this weekend, but the next several. The Jeep Invasion, Labor Day holiday, then Shades of the Past, and lastly Rod Run all occur on consecutive weekends starting now. Plan your routes and ETA’s to and through the park accordingly for your desired experience.