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leconte got some snow last night.....

along with the road being closed down.....

just in case anyone was keeping score......
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they have some great photos posted at the Lodge's website:
http://www.highonleconte.com/daily-posts.html


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yeah......

and we (wbir) will have some video from newfound gap on our 5 and 6 pm shows.......and probably on web later tonight.....
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and danged if i dont have reservations at ice water for this weekend....

anyone wanna join me?
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New alert is for around 3 ft of snow above 5000 ft. LeConte is going to be buried.

My house is around 2000ft and we are getting a little wintery mix right now.
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hmmmmmm.........

gonna be an interesting weekend......
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Kevin, I also have reservations at Icewater and LeConte this weekend...We're coming from Ohio, so we are watching the weather closely. May see you this weekend unless the roads and trails are impassable up there at elevation.  I really appreciate the info you post here about the Smokies, keep it up and thanks.
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Well.......thanks for the compliments.......

Hope to see ya up there but im also playing it day to day.......

Id offer to make bring ya a filet but with the snowfall it may prevent a fire being had.......

Do you guys have a back up plan?     I may head to a lower elevation.......
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Does anyone know the snowfall total for leconte last year,  I know it wasn't much.  This seems t be a good start to the season.
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Yay for snow up there.

Sorry it's screwing with y'all's plans, though.


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We will probably head down in elevation as well. I've been to Le Conte when it has snowed a few times before but each time it was clouded in so thick you could only see 10 feet in front of you. This weekend is going to be clear as a bell. Hope to see you somewhere in the park this weekend.
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Does anyone know the snowfall total for leconte last year,  I know it wasn't much.  This seems t be a good start to the season.

you're right, it wasn't much. 12 days with snowfall over an inch, and only 2 days over 5 inches.

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/xmacis.php?wfo=mrx


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I was thinking about heading up this week to do a trip? But if 441 is going to be closed I will have to regroup?

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the former October record snow depth for Leconte was 3.5". the record snowdepth for November is 15". the early post this morning from the Lodge has them at 17"!

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I'm looking at doing a loop out of Cosby this weekend...  I've seen the map that shows icy mix...  Forecast for the weekend is 50's and sunny.  Like you guys, just watching the weather and making a backup plan for the Foothills Trail in SC.

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its looking like they will break the record. Over 3 feet at LeConte and still coming down.
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and danged if i dont have reservations at ice water for this weekend....

anyone wanna join me?

I'm there but it will make a longer hike with the closed roads. This will be a similar situation as the blizzard of 1993. They had to rescue some hikers off the high ridges then.
Did you shoot that video along 441 and NG?
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Naw.........twasnt me........we had a different crew up there.......i was shooting voters and sports today so no weather stories for me yet.......and gotta wait out a verdict tomorrow ......

Speaking of blizzard of 93----theres a really good article in the latest (as in like 3 weeks ago) edition of smokies life......

And where was i during the blizzard of 93 ya ask?

Driving from erie pa to cleveland to see the grateful dead.......got to my hotel safely, and in a timely fashion as i got on road before I 90 was too bad only to have that nights show cancelled.......
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Wellllllll...........today here in the valley of knoxville---the sun is out and a touch warmer than yesterday .....


I havent heard latest on snow in park though.....
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I'm still on the fence about going up to LeConte on Friday. I read the posts from the lodge, 36" right now with drifts. Allison said the park service would try to clear Rainbow trail tomorrow from all the blowdown so the lodge people could get up. I'd be surprised to see that. She said it took some hikers 10 hours with snowshoes to get up yesterday thru the snow and downed trees. Has anyone heard an ETA on when the park service might open up 441?
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I have reservation at lodge for next Thursday. Surely we can get there. Right now Leconte is asking people with reservations tonight not to come.
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I have reservations for Tuesday. If they are open, I will be hiking. If not, I guess I will be hiking somewhere else. :(

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Hard to believe weather. I spent las Thursday and Friday night at 56 deepcreek and hiked out pole creek and Noland divide had picture perfect weather.
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Sounds like things are improving:

"We have had four hikers come up so far today.  They all came up Rainbow Falls trail and advised the the path is very distinct and the snow is being trammeled by day hikers especially up to the falls.   The few trees that are down are easy to navigate and other than a few rhododendron thickets to scramble through, they had a good hike. One report has the trail above the falls in better shape than below as far as trees down.  Hikers will need some type of ice stabilizer (yak-traks, crampons, etc) as once the trail packs, melts,  and refreezes it will be slick. Trekking poles are also a good idea. The Lodge will be open for business as usual tomorrow."


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If all goes well this weekend-----looks like 56 and route described earlier will be my last site in park......
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441 opened today around 1:00.
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I was down at federal court all day waiting on a vwrdict but i do believe we had a crew up there and shoukd have video on website....

Wbir.com


Its really warmed up in valley so this weekend may not be so bad.....
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According to LeConte lodge, Alum Cave trail is impassable with waist high snow. Snow was reported to be above the cables and covered with ice. Said it took them an hour to go a 1/4 mile down the trail.
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According to LeConte lodge, Alum Cave trail is impassable with waist high snow. Snow was reported to be above the cables and covered with ice. Said it took them an hour to go a 1/4 mile down the trail.

I haven't seen an update but the park service was going to work on Rainbow Falls to get access to LeConte. Alum is often in bad shape in the winter, lots of ice.
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