It's a beautiful, snowy morning up top! The high yesterday reached 43 degrees and the overnight low was 27 degrees. It was 28 degrees and snowing lightly at 7am observation. The mountain received an inch of overnight snow and it is absolutely stunning. The trails are still pretty slick in sections (I was able to dance up Alum yesterday evening without spikes), but I wouldn't take my chances with a coating of snow over some of that black ice. As always, I'd recommend MicroSpikes. They are available at the NOC, the wonderful outfitter located just outside the edge of the park boundary in Gatlinburg.
It seems like the mountain is saying goodbye, sending me some surprise snow before I take off on my hike. The blog will resume whenever the crew gets up here and is settled in... until then, thanks for reading and enjoy the Smokies for me while I make my way north!