Biggest October snowfall on record in Newfound Gap, and still snowing

6:04 PM, Oct 30, 2012   |    comments
  • Snow on Newfound Gap, October 30, 2012
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Officials with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park believe this is the biggest snowfall on record for the month of October.

So far, 14-16 inches of snow has fallen at Newfound Gap, which is right at the Tennessee/North Carolina state line.  There are snow drifts about four feet deep, and winds around 35 mph.

Newfound Gap usually receives about 4 inches of snow this time of year, so this is very out of the ordinary.

No park visitors can enjoy the scenery at Newfound Gap right now, however, because the road to area is closed.

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Snow and ice has closed several roads in the Smokies, including: Hwy. 441 (Newfound Gap Rd.) starting at Sugarlands Visitors Center, Hwy. 321 to I-40 through Cosby (Foothills Pkwy East), and the Roaring Fork Nature trail

Rangers say they've checked the backcountry camper reservation list and believe everyone is accounted for.  So far, they've not had to perform any rescue operations.  They say they've received a lot of cancellations from hikers and campers, but a few brave souls are toughing it out.

There is still very little snow below 2500 feet.


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