US 441 (Newfound Gap Rd) and Cherokee Orchard are still temporarily closed, but NPS crews will be actively assessing and clearing roadways this morning. Now that the wind advisory has long since expired, and the weather conditions today are less daunting, there is great optimism that some or all roads accessing Mt. LeConte’s trails will be reopened today. Overnight guests with reservations hoping for an early start may need to exercise some patience during this process, in which case there should still be ample time to make the climb today. Continue to follow the links at the bottom of this page for up-to-date information regarding park roads.
The mountain will be experiencing intermittent rain showers and clouds throughout the day. Temps are currently in the upper 30s, and should drop slightly as the day progresses. There is still the potential for a mix of rain and snow showers this evening across the upper elevations, but little to no accumulation is expected should any flurries start to fly. Winds will still be present today and tomorrow with gusts upwards of 25mph. Rain and snow shower chances will persist into Sunday morning, so count on sloppy conditions for the majority of this weekend. Again, double check that your hiking gear is appropriate for spending a great deal of time in wet and cold conditions. Overnight guests have the luxury of having a warm and cozy cabin waiting for them. Day hikers do not, especially with current health and safety protocols still in place. So day hikers, please be responsible and come prepared for spending your entire day outside in the wind and rain should you feel so compelled to visit the mountain this weekend in such sour elements.
Be safe and and have a great day.