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Severe Weather Heading For The Smoky Mountains

Severe weather is in the forecast for East Tennessee, including the great Smoky Mountains.

Thunderstorms, along with extremely large hail, damaging winds, locally heavy rainfall and isolated tornadoes are possible this weekend:

Smoky Mountains Hazardous Weather Outlook

Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee 7 Day Forecast

East Tennessee Radar

At least it’s not this:

SNOW

Although you can never tell…my momma lives in New Mexico and she just called to tell me they got snow last night on their mountains!

Be careful if you’re headed up here to the Cove this weekend.


Blessings,

Denese




Ack! More Snow Headed For The Smoky Mountains

Cardinal-In-The-Snowy-Trees

Here we go again!

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Great Smoky Mountains until 10pm tonight. 1-3 inches of snow is possible plus there is another round of snow in the forecast for Sunday through Monday.

Weather Updates For The Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains Forecast –From the National Weather Service

Radar –For the East Tennessee area

Mt. LeConte Weather –3rd highest peak in the Park (26 inches of snow on the ground as of this morning)

Road Closings In The Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains Temporary Road and Facilities Closures –NPS

Great Smoky Mountains Road and Facility Improvements –NPS

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Road Conditions –Live updates at yoursmokies.com.

You can also get updated road and weather information for the Great Smoky Mountains by calling (865) 436-1200.

 

 

Blessings,

Denese

More Wind And Possibly Snow In The Smoky Mountains, Most Roads Closed

There is a wind advisory in effect for the Smoky Mountains until 4pm today and a high wind watch continuing through Wednesday afternoon with wind gusts as high as 60 mph possible.

The Smokies also have a winter weather advisory in effect until 4pm today and from 7pm tonight through 4pm Wednesday.

Smoky Mountains Weather Forecast

Radar

Mt. LeConte Weather –Daily updates (and beautiful photos) from Doug McFalls, winter caretaker at LeConte Lodge.

Most roads in the Smoky Mountains are already closed and, due to road improvement projects, some will not re-open until May.

Great Smoky Mountains Temporary Road and Facilities Closures –NPS

Great Smoky Mountains Road and Facility Improvements –NPS

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Road Conditions –Live updates at yoursmokies.com.

You can also get updated road and weather information for the Great Smoky Mountains by calling (865) 436-1200.

 

Blessings and safe traveling,

Denese

Smoky Mountains Weather Forecast: Windy And Possibly Snowy

There is a wind advisory in effect for the Great Smoky Mountains this afternoon until 4pm plus a winter weather advisory has been issued for 9pm tonight through 4pm tomorrow. Total snow accumulation may be 2 to 5 inches…with heavier amounts possible in the highest elevations.

Smoky Mountains Forecast

Radar

We don’t have a wind advisory here (just outside the Park) but it has been extremely windy today (I’m surprised we still have power, as much as it’s flickered on and off today) –so if you’re even heading toward the mountains, please be careful.

 

Blessings and drive safely,

Denese

Are You Ready For The Winter Storm?

We’re still waiting on the big snow storm here next to the Smoky Mountains. The current forecast is calling for 4-9 inches total for Townsend and  6-14 inches in the Park –but you never know, it could be a lot less or a lot more.

Smoky Mountains Weather Forecast

Radar

Are you prepared if the power goes out?

Staying Warm

If you have a woodstove or fireplace, make sure you have enough wood to last a few days, and stack it somewhere out of the weather –it’s no fun digging out wood from under 3 feet of snow (did that during the blizzard of ‘93). Same thing if you use a kerosene heater -be sure you have a few days supply of fuel.

Here are some ideas to stay warm, if you don’t have an alternative heat source:

  • close off all but one room of your house
  • cover all your windows and doors with blankets
  • share body heat –dress warmly and pile up together under blankets
  • stay with a neighbor who does have heat

Eating

If you have a woodstove or fireplace, you should have no problem –just cook right on top of the woodstove or on the coals in the fireplace.  You can also heat food on top of a kerosene heater, depending on how hot it gets. Do you have a BBQ grill? You can cook on that, too (outside).

No way to cook? Just make sure you have plenty of food stocked up that you don’t have to cook.

Some examples:

  • cold cereals
  • canned tuna
  • crackers
  • peanut butter
  • bread
  • granola bars
  • fresh and canned fruit
  • Vienna sausages
  • Beanie weenies
  • lunchmeats –ham, bologna, turkey, etc.
  • cheese
  • salad vegetables –carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc.

(Be sure you have a manual can-opener)

And, if the power does go out, don’t worry about your refrigerated or frozen food –stick it outside in the snow!

Water

Be prepared by jugging up some water, anywhere from 1-4 gallons per person per day for drinking, cooking, washing, and using the bathroom (and don’t flush the toilet each time you go). If you have pets, you’ll need water for them, too.

You can also melt snow (it takes a lot) or get water from a creek for your bathroom needs (8 drops of bleach per gallon will purify water for drinking –or boil it, which is best).

Be sure you have a big pot to heat water in (if you have a non-electric heat source).

Light And Communication

Be sure to have on hand:

Candles or oil lamps (and lamp oil)

Battery operated radio

Extra batteries

If you have a cell phone, be sure it’s completely charged (and have a car charger in case the battery runs down)

 

Above all, stay safe and don’t go anywhere unless it’s an emergency (life or death situation) –and don’t bother the police with trivialities.

 

Blessings,

Denese

East Tennessee Closings and Cancellations

They’ve hollered “snow” and the closings begin (so far it’s just Anderson and Scott County schools):

WBIR Severe Weather Closings And Cancellations

 

Blessings and stay safe,

Denese

Snow, Snow And More Snow For The Smoky Mountains

More snow is headed for the Smokies!

Snowy Hemlock Laurels

From the National Weather Service:

...HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE FROM THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY...

AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OVER EAST TEXAS THURSDAY WILL MOVE EAST
ACROSS THE DEEP SOUTH THROUGH SATURDAY. LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW WILL
BEGIN TO MOVE INTO THE AREA THURSDAY NIGHT. THE RAIN IS EXPECTED TO
CHANGE TO SNOW ON THURSDAY NIGHT AS COLDER AIR FILTERS IN. LIGHT SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS ON THURSDAY NIGHT SHOULD BE ACROSS THE NORTHERN
CUMBERLAND PLATEAU AND EXTREME SOUTHWEST VIRGINA.

PRECIPITATION WILL BECOME WIDESPREAD ACROSS THE AREA ON FRIDAY.
THE PRECIPITATION WILL LIKELY CHANGE PHASES AS WARM AIR MOVES UP THE
EAST TENNESSEE VALLEY ON FRIDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL LIKELY CHANGE TO RAIN
THEN BACK TO SNOW ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST TENNESSEE AND
SOUTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA.

THE LOW TRACKS TO THE SOUTHEAST OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS REGION ON
SATURDAY. HEAVY SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE AREA ON BOTH
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE NORTHERN CUMBERLAND
PLATEAU...SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND THE NORTHEAST TENNESSEE MOUNTAINS.

THERE IS STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY REGARDING THE TRACK OF THE LOW
PRESSURE CENTER...THEREFORE IT IS DIFFICULT TO PROVIDE A TOTAL
SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AT THIS TIME. HOWEVER...IT APPEARS THAT A
SIGNIFICANT SNOW COULD OCCUR OVER A LARGE PART OF THE AREA.
THE LIKELIHOOD OF SNOW AMOUNTS IN EXCESS OF FOUR INCHES IS
INCREASING FOR RESIDENTS OF NORTHEAST TENNESSEE AND SOUTHWEST
VIRGINIA.

For updates and road closing information:

Smoky Mountains Weather Forecast TN

Radar

Smoky Mountains Road Closures

Want to see what it’s like on one of the highest peaks in the Smokies?

Mt. LeConte Weather 

 

Blessings and safe traveling,

Denese

Hazardous Smoky Mountain Weather: Extreme Winds And Rain

Be careful if you’re traveling in the Smokies today.

We have a high wind warning in effect for the Smoky Mountains and surrounding area until 4pm this afternoon. Wind gusts of 60 mph are expected and some may be 80-100 mph. Rain and thunderstorms are also expected through Monday, with a possibility of snow Monday night and Tuesday.

Great Smoky Mountains Weather Forecast TN 

East Tn/Smoky Mountains Radar

Stay safe and batten down the hatches!

 

Blessings and safe traveling,

Denese

More Snow For The Smoky Mountains?

The Smokies are already white –will they get whiter?

Snowy Hemlock 

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Great Smoky Mountains until 6pm tomorrow, Friday January 8. As of right now, the National Weather Service says up to 2 inches of snow is possible in the lower elevations of the Park and 3-6 inches in the higher elevations.

Smoky Mountains Forecast

Radar

Up on Mt. LeConte, third highest peak in the Smoky Mountains at 6593 feet, there is already 15 inches of snow on the ground. 

Here in the Pawpaw Holler, just outside the Park at 2230 feet, we still have a half an inch of snow -in spots (we’ve had snow every day this week).

No new snow as of this morning.

Road Closure Info

For a full list of updated road and weather information in the Smokies, call (865) 436-1200.

 

Blessings, stay warm and be safe

Denese

UPDATE: Daniel just came in and informed me, “Mom, it’s snowin’ and it’s stickin’!”.  (Oh, to be 8 again!)

Better go get your milk and bread! ;)

Frozen Smoky Mountains

According to Winter Caretaker Doug McFalls, it was -7 degrees on Mount LeConte this morning:

Clear, Sunny And Negative 7 Degrees Today

 

No warm-up in sight, more snow in the forecast for this week:

Smoky Mountains Weather Forecast

 

 

Blessings and stay warm,

Denese