Ice Storm From Octavia Closes Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The National Park Service has closed all park facilities of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the ice storm. This means all visitors centers and roads have been closed today. Winter Storm Octavia brought a combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain to the area resulting in a dangerous ice storm. For the next several days frigid temperatures are in the forecast. The arctic cold front that moves over the southeast will bring extremely cold temperatures for about 48 hours. More snow is predicted for Wednesday and temperatures on Thursday are forecast to be in the teens with night-time temps -2 degrees. This is a very dangerous Siberian air mass. Take precautions and please remember to bring in the pets.
Another winter storm is forecast for this weekend with more snow and sleet but temperatures will not be as cold by then. It may snow Saturday but Sunday will be just rain with temperature during the day in the 50’s.