Good morning friends, The temperatures ranged from a high yesterday of 31 degrees and a low last night of 16 degrees. The current temperature this morning is 17 degrees. We had no new precipitation.
We do still have 4 inches of snow on the ground and given the continuing cold temperatures the snow just may hang around a while.
US 441 remains closed along with Cherokee Orchard Road above the Twin Creeks Science Center.
Please contact nps.gov for updates
Mount LeConte Weather (Days 0-3):The weather forecast for Mount LeConte is: Mostly dryFreeze-thaw conditions (max 2°C on Thu afternoon, min -5°C on Mon night)Winds decreasing (near gales from the NW on Wed night, moderate winds from the W by Thu morning).
Mount LeConte Weather (Days 3-6):Mostly dryFreeze-thaw conditions (max 4°C on Sun afternoon, min -1°C on Fri afternoon)Winds increasing (calm on Fri night, near gales from the SSW by Sun afternoon).
The snow is beautiful here on LeConte and I know many of you are anxious to experience it first hand so if you do please check your road conditions leading to your chosen trail head and exercise extreme caution while hiking. Pay particular attention to areas that the sun may have thawed during the day but will refreeze during the night.
As always in cold weather, dress in warm layers, take plenty of hydration and don’t forget those traction devices. Slow down a little and pay closer attention to your foot placement as the snow has concealed most of the rock type hazards we normally encounter and easily adjust to when we can see them.
One final note, yesterday morning while I was making my usual morning inspection of the Lodge and grounds, I saw one of the most beautiful day breaks I have ever seen. As if the winter wonderland landscape wasn’t enough we had a cloud inversion and a morning sun that created the most beautiful colors to border it. I really don’t have the words to do it justice so if my electronics will cooperate I’ll try to post some pictures. Until tomorrow, enjoy your day and as always stay safe.