Winter came back with a vengeance yesterday, reminding us all just how dominant a force it can be in these parts this time of year. One might have thought spring was here to stay after such a string of pleasant days up through Friday. ‘Twas not to be.
Saturday on Mt. LeConte by the numbers: high temp of 9° that steadily dropped to -4° during the night. Total snow accumulation of 10”, made nearly impossible to gauge with such persistent drifting, over a foot in numerous places. We never quite got the intense winds that were predicted, but even max gusts of 30mph put the wind chill factor around -30° at times. Even with propane heaters and layers of blankets, this type of cold serves as a reminder why the lodge is still closed during the winter.
US 441 (Newfound Gap Rd) and Cherokee Orchard Rd above Twin Creeks remain temporarily closed because of the hazardous conditions.
Have a great day.