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Of all the weekends I have plans I can't get out of mother nature decides to hit the southern Appalachians with a heavy dose of the white stuff  :(  Blowing Rock, NC is supposed to get 5" - 9" of snow and well over a 12" could fall on the highest peaks.

I really, really wish I could go hiking up there this weekend!!! %@$*!

Who's got plans to enjoy it? I want to see pictures posted of your weekend snow hikes!
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Im thonking about it----but i have to make it a close short one as i work on sunday.......

However, it also depends upon how work goes between now and saturday morning......

Im.in a meeting where we are planning our snow coverage.....
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I wish. I've been hiking in Southern rain the last two months, or at least Southern mud and standing water when it isn't raining.
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fwiw...........at 3 pm knoxville time---we're getting the snow.....

right now at 345 pm--i'd say about half inch on ground of wet snow.......it's coming down pretty good......
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A friend of mine and I have been planning a trip for this weekend.  The latest plans were to go to Joyce Kilmer/Slickrock. We wanted to do the AT from Standing Indian Campground to NOC, but don't have a shuttle.  Coming from South Georgia, would we have any trouble getting to Slickrock? Road closings, etc.  I assume 441 is the only one?  I would love to hike in some snow.  We could change plans to do so.  Any suggestions to see some?  I figure it will melt quickly in the afternoons since it will be sunny and in the 40s/50s in the afternoons.  May just be really muddy.  We're coming in Friday night, leaving Monday afternoon.  Looking to get about 30 miles, but snow and mud would slow us down of course.
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We have about 4" here in Gatlinburg right now. It almost quit a few min ago but it's coming down hard again. The weatherman just reported "several more inches" for the mountains but that usually means just the upper elevations in the Smokies. I would be surprised if up there ends up with less than 12".

I might get out Sat but tomorrow I'll be shoveling the driveway so I can get out tomorrow afternoon.

If anyone is planning a trip be sure to check road conditions. Newfound Gap and Cherohala Skyway are both closed (for a long time) and Western North Carolina has many roads closed due to slides from all the rain we have had this week. Also don't plan any river crossings, there's a lot of water around here and it's not going to go back to normal for quite a while.

update: Little River Road (Gatlinburg to Cades Cove) is closed due to a slide. No more information.
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it's kinda quit here in knoxville at ten minutes to 6.......


and yeah........and stream crossings are going to be high the next couple of days....

we (knoxville) got a ton of rain all week, with some of the heaviest it seemed today, along with this snow......

i would think that cherohala skyway might close down for snow.............thats a very lightly used road, and not sure what the priority to get it cleared is.....
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Cherohala is closed for a unknown amount of time for a rock slide.
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A friend of mine and I have been planning a trip for this weekend.  The latest plans were to go to Joyce Kilmer/Slickrock. We wanted to do the AT from Standing Indian Campground to NOC, but don't have a shuttle.  Coming from South Georgia, would we have any trouble getting to Slickrock? Road closings, etc.  I assume 441 is the only one?  I would love to hike in some snow.  We could change plans to do so.  Any suggestions to see some?  I figure it will melt quickly in the afternoons since it will be sunny and in the 40s/50s in the afternoons.  May just be really muddy.  We're coming in Friday night, leaving Monday afternoon.  Looking to get about 30 miles, but snow and mud would slow us down of course.

Standing Indian would be a good place to start. You may want to hike north on the AT and then just backtrack. You may not find much snow in this area however except for atop Standing Indian. I just looked at the webcam in Highlands, NC (4,100') and there is no snow on the ground there.

If you want snow you might have to hike the Smokey's. You could park at Fontana Dam just north of Robbinsville and hike the AT north from there and hit Shuckstack Tower on the way up towards Clingmans Dome. You'll be in the snow there for sure & the view of Lake Fontana from the tower is amazing!

http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/shuckstack.htm
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it's kinda quit here in knoxville at ten minutes to 6.......


and yeah........and stream crossings are going to be high the next couple of days....

we (knoxville) got a ton of rain all week, with some of the heaviest it seemed today, along with this snow......

i would think that cherohala skyway might close down for snow.............thats a very lightly used road, and not sure what the priority to get it cleared is.....

yeah, ya'll be careful crossing those streams.  I know Bryson is darn near flooded by the Tuck.  My house on Deep Creek almost got flooded too.  It looks like a class 5 rapid.

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Well, how much snow did you guys (Smokies) end up getting?  The park's Purchase Knob cam doesn't look like much & the LeConte blog hasn't been updated yet.  Heading to Gatlinburg tonight.
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I don't think I want to deal with Park permits since we'll be getting in late tonight and hope to hike in and camp tonight.  Maybe I should go to Shining Rock for some higher altitude.  I don't want to be blocked 4 ft deep river crossing.  

If you were going this weekend where would you go?  (anyone)

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I don't think I want to deal with Park permits since we'll be getting in late tonight and hope to hike in and camp tonight.  Maybe I should go to Shining Rock for some higher altitude.  I don't want to be blocked 4 ft deep river crossing.  

If you were going this weekend where would you go?  (anyone)

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The water's going to be up most everywhere, either from rain or melt or both.  Sipsey gage is still a few feet above normal, though not as high as earlier in the week.

We hiked in the snow yesterday.  Hiked through the woods and fields to the golf course and sledded until it was just too sloppy to go any more.


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