7 AM and we have 6.5" of snow. It is coming down pretty hard at the moment. The temperatures dropped to 20º last night. The winds were howling all night long. We are settling for a long day of more snow. If the forecast is correct, today and tonight will bring most of our snowfall. Hwy 441, through the park, is closed. That leaves Trillium, Bullhead, and Rainbow Falls trail. Please make sure you have plenty of clothing, snacks, and water when you start out. I beg every hiker out there, do not set foot on the trail if you are wearing blue jeans or any other cotton clothing. That type of clothing could become deadly in weather like this. Hikers will want to stop at a local outfitters and purchase some sort of ice walker. Yak Trax, Micro spikes, or Stableicers are good brands. I know several of the outfitters in Sevier county carry these. Please be safe out there and we look forward to seeing you up top. We will have the hot cocoa waiting for you.
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2017 Mt. LeConte Weather Data (Year-to-Date)