Winter weather arrives NE Tennessee and Smokies, thanks to Sandy
By Associated Press
Newfound Gap at the TN/NC border in the Smokies. WBIR photo
A National Weather Service spokesperson said that the area had gotten 11 inches of snow by nightfall Monday, but that it could get between 30-36 inches total before the storm plays out early Wednesday. Allyson Virden/Special to the News Sentinel
NEWFOUND GAP, TN. (AP) - Highway 441 across the Smokies was closed on Tuesday as heavy, wet snow continued to fall.
Great Smoky Mountains
National Park spokeswoman Dana Soehn said snow at Newfound Gap had
reached about 24 inches late Tuesday morning, and some drifts were as
high as 3 or 4 feet.
At LeConte Lodge, the 15 or so visitors were encouraged to stay put.
Soehn said that with road closures the hike between the lodge and the nearest parking area was at least six miles.
Another 30 people had
overnight reservations along the Appalachian Trail's backcountry
shelters. Park officials did not know how many of those people had
followed through with their hiking plans.
Soehn said they have received no distress calls.
Snow and high winds were expected to continue through Wednesday morning.
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