Monday, February 02, 2009

Most roads closed in the Great Smoky Mountains national park due to ice and snow.

Snow, Ice and fog created treacherous driving conditions through most the Great Smoky Mountains national park prompting the closing of most of the through roads within the GSMNP.

The following roads are closed:
  • Newfound Gap US 441 between Cherokee NC and Gatlinburg TN

  • Foothills Parkway East

  • Foothills Parkway West

  • Old 284 between Big Creek and Cataloochee

  • Cherokee Orchard Road after the Twin Creek Science Center in Gatlinburg

  • Little River Road from the Sugarlands visitor center to the Townsend Wye

  • Wears Cove Road

None of these roads are not expected to reopen today even though the snowfall has slowed down or stopped throughout much of the park.

Driving is expected to be far worse tomorrow as the freezing temperatures tonight will lock whatever has melted into sheets of ice and as much as another 4 inches of snow may fall on the Smoky Mountains.

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