And hello, June! Although it isn’t official for another three weeks, the look and feel of summer is certainly here on Mt. LeConte. The greenery doesn’t have much farther to climb and fill in these days, and now that we’re through the holiday, one can count on the bigger sustained crowds flocking to the Smokies. Waking up to cloudy skies with calm winds this Tuesday. Temps will start in the mid 40s and could reach a comfy 60° later this afternoon. We could get some breaks in the gray veil for occasional sunshine. Beginning tomorrow and lasting into the weekend we will see heightened chances for rain showers and thunderstorms, so pay extra close attention to the local forecasts on how that could affect your travel plans and hiking.
The NPS will be performing some maintenance work on the Spur between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge these next two weeks. There will be single lane closures happening for both directions, Tuesday thru Thursday this week, and then Monday thru Thursday of next. Expect slow downs and delays in traffic during peak travel hours if you decide to enter or exit the park from that direction.