Last year, we received our first measurable snow fall on October 27. When we woke up this morning, here was the scene:
Our view of the ridge is obscured by fog, but we can see a little snow on leaves
For some reason, we have a “no fur” car. Why? At least you can see a little snow.
We have frosts heavier than this
Rusty – It is not even worth getting off the bench.
On the good news front, we are under a winter weather advisory above 3500 feet today for snow showers and 1-3 inches of snow. Enough to play in, at least. And The Herd is singing for it this morning. If you watch our weather thingy in the side bar, remember that our winter temperatures are usually 5-10 degrees cooler because those measures are the valley floor (we live at 4500 feet).
Public Service Announcement – For those of you visiting the area, we know that the motels are packed with those wanting to see the fall colors. Be aware that the Blue Ridge Parkway will probably close sections of the road during the day as they do not attempt any snow removal. You can always get road closure information by calling 828-298-0398 (1 for recorded information and then 2 for Virginia or 3 for North Carolina).
A section from Asheville to Mt Pisgah is already closed this morning, but that is actually because of an identified threat of a landslide and has nothing to with our current weather. Landslides are a constant threat here and the Park Service identified a 1,000 ton potential landslide about 200 feet above the road in that area. Hats off to the Park Service for identifying it. But that will mean that section of the road will be closed for weeks until it is resolved. That also has one of our favorite hiking trails closed, but there are plenty of other trails so we will be ok.
Road closures for snow may be true today for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, too. You can call 865-436-1200 and then extension 631. Highway 441 over Newfound Gap often closes in snowy conditions and that is the main road between Cherokee and Gatlinburg. While they do snow removal on that road, snow falls can be much heavier than in the valleys and they do close the road often.
Otherwise, enjoy your visit.