Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Closures From Snow From Hurricane Sandy

Here are all  closings for parks in The Great Smoky Mountains  region: (Most are due to Snow from hurricane Sandy )

• Newfound Gap Road, Clingmans Dome Road, Roaring Forks Motor Nature Trail, Cataloochee Entrance Road, Foothill Parkway East, Twin Creeks Road above the science center, and Old NC-284 between Big Creek and Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains are closed due to snow and ice.

• Snow, rain, and extreme wind have forced the closure of most sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Until the weather improves and cleanup is completed, travel on the Parkway is not advised.

• Foothills Parkway (unfinished section) - the entire unfinished section between Walland and Wears Valley is now closed to all public use until 2015 due to construction.

• Shenandoah National Park remains closed. Yesterday afternoon, rangers reported approximately 12 inches of snow at milepost 35 on Skyline Drive.

• In North Carolina, Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain and Mount Jefferson are closed due to snow; hazardous road conditions exist near most mountain parks.

• Please be advised to use extreme caution when hiking above the 5,000 foot line in the Great Smoky Mountains . Although no trails are closed at this time the snow is very deep from 32 inches to almost 40 inches in some places with snow drifts from 4 feet to 6 feet . In snow this deep you can just about triple your normal time . 

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