A snowy Friday in the Smokies

2:37 PM, Feb 1, 2013   |    comments
Snow fell Friday morning in Sevier County.
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Friday's snowfall made for an icy, cold morning throughout much of East Tennessee Friday. In Gatlinburg it was a welcome sight for some who say the white stuff just added to the beauty of the mountains.

Evan and Leah Register headed to Sevier County from Georgia this weekend.

"We're celebrating our 5th anniversary. He (husband) is a photographer and he loves to take pictures and we were hoping to get some really good photos this weekend, so."

So, with the roads closed up the mountain due to snow and ice, they had to settle for the base.

"It was really nice, but disappointing because I kind of knew it was going to be closed."

A light dusting of snow fell early Friday morning. That, along with days of colder temperatures kept mountain roads icy and street crews busy.

In Downtown Gatlinburg, it was a different picture.

One visitor said, "We love it, we just drove up here to eat pancakes and we said we couldn't have picked a better day with the snow."

Ice barely left a lasting image as the sun came up. Then, all that remained was a winter wonderland.

Florida resident, Julie Ansley, said, "It just makes everything more beautiful. Just white and perfect and we definitely don't have anything like this in Florida."

The city took precautions with salt and gravel all to make the weekend enjoyable and, of course, picture worthy.

Most of the roads leading through the Great Smoky Mountains will remain closed due to this winter weather. You can check their website to find out which roads are open.

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