After a stormy night wrought with flashes and rumbles, the mountain top is beginning this Friday in thick cloud cover. Occasional mists remind us that summertime in the Smokies is rarely clear skies and unbroken sunshine. The air is mostly calm and temps mild in the 50s currently. Skies are expected to become less cloudy this evening with winds picking up a tad, possibly gusting around 30mph. Saturday looks decent for the weekend warriors, calling for mostly sunny skies over the mountains and temps this high up in elevation reaching the lower 60s. With it being the first weekend of June and families looking to get their summer vacations into gear, expect plenty of traffic congestion in and around the park tomorrow.
Beginning this Saturday, we will be extending our gift shop hours to account for the increased visitor traffic and longer daylight hours. Guests and day hikers alike will be able to purchase souvenirs and snacks from our gift shop during the hours of 8:30-9:30 AM and 12:00-5:00 PM daily. The lobby will continue to be closed to the public outside those hours. As always, any guest arriving after 5:00 PM should proceed to the Dining Hall to check in with a crew member.
Have a great rest of the day.