It’s a chilly day on the mountain. The forecast did a quick switch-a-roo on us and ended up throwing some snow flurries our way late last night. Guests woke up to a dusting of snow on most surfaces and a thin layer of frost on the trees. Temps have been frigid, dipping down into the low 20s before factoring in the wind chill. The lowlands are socked in but the lodge has been basking in sunshine above the cloud sea all morning. Even with the clear skies, we’ll be lucky to reach the freezing mark this afternoon, so it’s going to remain quite brisk at least until tomorrow. Air movement will be calm today, but pick up again for Sunday with gusts up to 35mph possible. The extended forecast continues to show an exemplary stretch of sunny skies, which will make for a great final week and a half of the season. Should be a busy Saturday in the Smokies once again. Tomorrow is the annual Loop-Lope taking place at Cades Cove, so it’s possible that visitor traffic being diverted from there increases congestion elsewhere in the park, namely around Mt. LeConte.