It’s going to be a mix of sun and clouds today, accompanied by haze and light winds. Temps up top are expected to reach the lower 70s, which easily means 90s for the lowlands this afternoon. Proper and consistent hydration and nourishment is key! The possibility for isolated thunderstorms is minimal but enough that it could realistically happen, especially later in the day. So please pack your bags wisely for weather conditions that could change on a dime. With the holiday weekend getting kickstarted, expect visitor traffic in and around the park to be quite congested now and through the 4th. Throw some roadway wildlife viewing into the mix, such as “bear jams,” and one could experience some serious wait times en route to or from any Mt. LeConte trailheads. Early starts will definitely be the ticket if avoiding the crowds or parking lot frustrations is important to your Smokies experience.