October 26, 2017
Once the sun rose over High Top, it didn't take long for things to finally warm back up. There wasn't much temperature variance yesterday, as our high was only 26 degrees and our low 22. The frost on the trees hung on all day, and once the skies cleared around supper time, it's easy to understand why folks looking up at the mountain from town below were fooled into thinking we had received snow. Not yet! We're sitting comfortably at 42 degrees for the moment, and it's expected to be a little warmer tomorrow. There's a light breeze, so even in the sunshine it helps to have an extra layer or two for warmth. You'll especially want hats and gloves for sunset at Cliff Tops now.
The forecast for Saturday looks eventful. The weekend should kickoff with heavy rain, and once temperatures descend throughout the evening, it could transition over to ice and snow along the upper elevations. Mt. LeConte could see anything from a dusting to a couple inches by the time we wake up on Sunday. If that happens to be the case, anticipate the park to utilize some temporary road closures for safety concerns, namely US 441. If you have a reservation with us in that time frame, be sure and have an alternate route planned if Alum Cave is inaccessible at any point. Sunday will be significantly colder than what we've experienced the last few days as well. Come Monday, conditions should normalize for this time of year, just in time for the holiday.
Have a great rest of the day.
10/27/2017 02:55:38 pm
Enjoyed my day hike yesterday to the lodge. Always good to be on the mountain.
10/29/2017 05:00:39 pm
Sorry I missed connecting with John Northrup on my quick trip via the Alum trail on 10/26. Just a last minute decision to make the hike before leaving the region the next day. Glad I did, it was a nice day for a hike.
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