It may be rainy and cold outside but within the rustic walls of leConte Lodge it is nice and toasty. With the heaters going and hot coffee pouring it is a nice oasis for those that braved the elements to escape the city and be surrounded by nature of the mountain. Rain is continuing today and not expected to let up. Yesterday we received 0.30 inches. A slight breeze in the air has it feeling colder than it really is, 53 degrees. Last night we only dropped to 51 degrees. For those planning a hike up be sure to pack that rain gear. Water levels on the trails are higher than normal, especially Rainbow Falls trail at the creek crossings.