Record snowfall in the Smoky Mountains

Record snowfall in the Smoky Mountains (Ice Age Now, Nov 3, 2014):

LeConte Lodge recorded 22 inches (56 cm) of snow and waist-deep drifts.


Some roads now reopened after Saturday’s record-breaking snowfall. On Saturday, rangers closed all roads in the park.

Saturday’s snowfall set a new daily record total for the Smokies. LeConte Lodge recorded 22 inches (56 cm) of snow and Newfound Gap picked up 15 inches (38 cm).

Waist-high snowdrifts

The LeConte Lodge posted on its blog that there are lots of drifts larger than waist high around the grounds.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The Tennessee/North Carolina border runs through the centerline of the park. The park encompasses 522,419 acres (816.28 sq mi; 2,114.15 km2). The main park entrances are located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Cherokee, North Carolina.

http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/sevierville-sevier/2014/11/02/smokies-roads-reopen-after-record-snowfall/18375783/

http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/2014/11/01/rangers-close-roads-campgrounds-in-smokies/18319369/

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

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