There’s no doubt that Hurricane Sandy has thrown a wrench into the travel plans of a lot of folks in the Eastern United States. Fortunately for us in the Smokies, rain, high winds and cold temperatures have been a blessing compared to the massive snows, wind damage and flooding experienced by much of the seaboard.
So if your travel plans have you in the Smokies this week, the good news is that the worst of Sandy’s impact should be moving on quickly. While the upper mountain elevations are getting some snow, most of us here in the foothills will see highs in the 50s for most of the rest of the week, along with sunny skies.
Note, however, that Newfound Gap Road between Gatlinburg and Cherokee, North Carolina is closed in the national park, so if that route was part of your itinerary, you may need to make some adjustments. But for the most part, you shouldn’t have trouble finding fun in the Smokies this weekend, even if you want to hike. There are plenty of other accessible spots in the national park that offer hiking opportunities.
Be sure to check your favorite weather-forecast site or app to keep up with what’s going on, or visit the Smoky Mountain web cam on our home page to get a firsthand look at what the weather looks like out there.