Waking up to thick clouds and breezy conditions this Thursday. Appears it’s going to be that way all day and possibly into Friday. Wind gusts up to 30mph will be passing over the mountain today and tonight. The rain showers have been intermittent but never heavy downpours. Temps are currently in the upper 40s and we could achieve a high near 60° later on. Pack the extra layers to keep you warm and dry. It may be June, but getting caught out in these conditions unprepared can still bring on hypothermia. When it’s summer in the Smokies, there can be a chance for even just an afternoon rainshower everyday. Combined with the fact that temps up here can be anywhere from 10-20° cooler on average than what’s happening below. These days there is a great wealth of information available to help one better prepare for an excursion into the woods, from weather to trail conditions. Please take advantage of these helpful tools to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in the backcountry, and also an experience that doesn’t put yourself or others at risk.