It’s another delightful day on the mountain. Skies have been mostly clear this Friday, with clouds only slowly starting to creep in and thicken. Temps have felt spring like yet again in the mid 40s. Couldn’t ask for a better day to have our crew making their ascent to kick things into gear for the upcoming season.
We’re on the cusp of what should an interesting 48 hours. Tonight what could start as rain will eventually transition over to snow, falling heavy at times throughout Saturday. The accumulation amounts have danced around a bit, with the latest forecast calling for up to 10” of powder. That will be coupled with fierce winds and a steep temperature drop Saturday afternoon. The most intense part of this winter blast is predicting temps in the single digits, wind gusts up around 50mph, spawning wind chills near -30°. Come Sunday, spring will make a prompt return and conditions will normalize.
GSMNP will be closing US 441 (Newfound Gap Rd) at 6:00 PM this evening on account of the pending storm. There is no timetable for when it will reopen, but road crews hope to start assessing and clearing Sunday.
Be safe wherever you are this weekend. Have a great rest of the day.