Its a brisk morning on the mountain. The high yesterday only reached 18 degrees. The overnight low dipped down to a bone chilling 12 degrees. It’s currently 13 degrees with light snow paired with surges of arctic winds blowing through camp. We received 0.21” of precipitation. Our snow depth stands at 10” with more amounts in the exposed areas. Trails are in good shape with recent snows so traction may not be needed but should be in your pack. Clouds should break today with some much needed sunshine on the mountain with temps in the 20’s. US Hwy. 441 (Newfound Gap Road) is closed due to snow/ice. Cherokee Orchard remains open at this time. Have a good day folks!
Its time to rise and shine!
The morning rush hour as I make my way to the kitchen to warm the kettle for some coffee. The cold air rushes through my face instantly making my eyes water. I smile. Light snow is falling with a wind that will cut right through. Rime ice holds heavy to the firs. Many folks were out enjoying the beautiful snow covered mountain yesterday. Although, not many views were seen instead, an all new landscape coated in white. Fresh snow covers any tracks besides the bobcat that keeps winning at hide and seek. Heavy clouds dominated the mountain with bitter cold temperatures. Clouds lifted only momentarily before we were socked in again. The night set in with great music tuned in from a local Knoxville station. Alfredo pesto with shrimp and noodles was the supper menu and let me tell ya. Wow! No leftovers were needed to be put up. Retiring to my cabin for the night I rested well to start the next day. See you at the top.