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What are road conditions up in the mtns like?

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What are road conditions up in the mtns like?

Is it possible to drive up into the mountains right now? I'm sure you probably couldn't go into an area such as Clingmans Dome, but what about Cades Cove? I just think it would be so pretty with all the snow, and good for taking pictures. We have a van.

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1. Re: What are road conditions up in the mtns like?

We're heading down in just over 2 weeks so I've been keeping an eye on the road info too. It looks like the roads vary from day to day. If you're on Twitter, follow @SmokiesRoadsNPS. They post frequent updates about what is open & what is closed. According to their info, some of the roads will be closed in the mornings then open back up as soon as they're clear.

Both Clingman's Dome & Cade's Cove have been closed a little but then reopen within a couple hours.

When we were there at the end of March last year, everything was opened up. We didn't have any problems. However, it was about 10 degrees warmer at this time last year than it has been lately.

Edited: 06 March 2013, 15:01
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2. Re: What are road conditions up in the mtns like?

The problem with snowfall this time of year is that it doesn't last long, especially at the lower elevations and places where the sun can hit it.

As for the roads, it all depends on if they plow and sand and with the restricted budget cuts right now, they may not be doing as much. You really need an "up to the minute" source like calling the park service hotline to know if any given road is closed or not.

Here's a page that will tell you the snowfall amts on the ground at various places inside the park on a given day.


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