March 11, 2018
The NPS will be closing Newfound Gap Road (US 441) at 6:30 PM this evening in advance of the Winter Weather Advisory. The mixture of rain and snow with cooling temperatures will create hazardous conditions along roadways and area trails. Several inches of snow are expected along the higher elevations this evening and into Monday. Please use caution.
Things up top have been thawing over the last twelve hours, and so our winter wonderland has quickly turned into a slushy slip and slide situation. Yesterday's high temp ended up at 34 degrees, with a low of 26. Any rainfall we've seen since late last night and through this morning has been light and intermittent. The rain is expected to persist through the rest of the day before changing over to snow this evening. Conditions on the roads and trails may become hazardous in a hurry come Monday morning. When the accumulation is all said and done we may have gained a few more inches of the fluffy stuff.
Sloppy outside conditions or not, there is always plenty to accomplish inside during the preseason. Our folks have been chugging along with the moving and stacking, washing and scrubbing. Before long the place will look and smell squeaky clean, ready to entertain the first of the season's guests.
Everyone is getting excited about the impending Airlift. Our helicopter should be rolling into town before long, then it's just a matter of waiting for the weather to break in our favor for some productive hours of airtime. When we know we're about to take flight, it'll mean access to the lodge will change slightly. More on that tomorrow. In the meantime, have yourself a pleasant Sunday wherever you may be!
3/11/2018 03:50:57 pm
Oh my gosh! This is so amazing to see you all getting things ready. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope you have an amazing and blessed season.
3/11/2018 04:34:57 pm
What day is they airlift scheduled for?
3/11/2018 07:19:58 pm
Welcome back to the mountain. The dining area looks like a yard sale. I hope they were able to complete the work on the office during the off season.
3/11/2018 08:16:22 pm
Y’all look like busy bee’s! How exciting!yall stay safe and warm.
3/11/2018 08:24:58 pm
Do you have a picture of the 2018 "I Hiked It" t shirt yet?
3/11/2018 08:36:45 pm
Can't wait to meet this years new/or returning crew. Looking forward to more Mt Leconte blog.
3/12/2018 07:13:51 am
Happy that you guys are getting everything ready for airlift. We (Reinhart) got all the food to the airlift staging area on Saturday and hoping for a safe pick up and drop of product this week. Thanks for all that you do for making the lodge what it is. Going to miss Tim but happy for his retirement!
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