We’re already witnessing some cloud and spotty rain action associated with the outermost bands of now Tropical Depression Laura. The center of the storm is slated to pass north of Tennessee over the next 36 hours, but the scale of it should ensure that these mountains still receive heavy localized rainfall and gusty winds. Conditions should worsen later tonight and through most of Saturday before calming and clearing late tomorrow afternoon. Due to the sporadic lashing of the storm’s rain bands, showers could be brief but heavy at times, so don’t be surprised to see small creeks and drainages swell quickly. As wind gusts flare up, be mindful of the potential for falling trees on both trails and roadways. Temps are still fairly mild up top, and we should continue to hang out in the 50s and 60s. Odds are once the rain really starts to come down, that temps will cool slightly along with it. So come dressed appropriately for staying dry and warm once you reach the lodge.