May 7, 2017
The sun is out, and this most recent edition of winter-come-too-late is melting faster with every passing minute. We saw 3" of snow come down yesterday, bringing our grand total for the event to 7". With these spring snowfalls, people often ask when was the latest snowfall before summer that we've ever recorded on this mountain. June 1st would be that mark several years back. As far as the biggest snow event in the month of May on Mt. LeConte, I will have to see what Mr. Line recalls over the years. Surely what we just received puts us close to the top for May.
Our high temperature never reached the freezing mark, topping at 31 around dinner time. Our low during the period was 25, but we dropped to 20 as breakfast was served. With the sun's radiant arrival, the temperatures have been rising steadily and we're now enjoying the mid 30's.
US 441 reopened this morning, and hopefully for good. The NPS road and trail crews will certainly have their hands full in the coming days trying to open up the remaining areas of the park so heavily affected by the recent wind storm. We appreciate all that they do! As soon as Cherokee Orchard, Roaring Fork, and Greenbrier are open to visitors, we'll be sure and let you know. Remember that the Rainbow Falls Trail closure goes into effect starting tomorrow.
Expect slushy trails until the white stuff is completely gone. It's possible that refreezing will occur overnight, so be sure and have those helpful traction devices handy should you choose to summit. Any thoughts on our next snowfall? Next week? June? October? Guess we'll see. Be safe out there!
5/7/2017 04:00:26 pm
Hope the weather is clear next week, we'll be making the climb on Sunday!!!! Can't wait!!
5/7/2017 06:27:29 pm
Thanks for pictures and interesting blog. :-) I hope someone helped Henry shovel snow !
5/7/2017 08:25:54 pm
Love the blog. Gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing.
5/7/2017 10:23:58 pm
Thanks for the pictures and updates. Exciting time to be up there!
5/7/2017 11:06:16 pm
I remember a freak snowstorm that started on May 7th 1992 and lasted through the 9th in Western NC, East TN and Northern SC. This storm brought 50 inches of snow on Mt Pisgah (at the time of the storm a WLOS TV13 engineer reported 61 inches) but that was never made official due to snowmelt and no official reporting station. Mt Mitchell reported 30 inches and Mt Leconte I believe reported 17 inches of snow for this multi day event due to the position of the low off the coast of Georgia.
Mary Anne Rudolph
5/8/2017 07:31:12 am
Greenbrier Rd. is open. My husband paddled the Little Pigeon on Saturday and both gates were open then. Not sure why that hasn't been updated. Cheers!
5/8/2017 10:26:28 am
Something I learned after my first hike to LeConte in 1998 and every annual hike up since....never underestimate mother nature.
5/8/2017 03:51:30 pm
I love the snow, and watching Henry work is Great! Miss you Henry!!!
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