Rare May Snowfall Covers Part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Mt. LeConte saw at least 6 inches of snow Saturday as frigid, wet weather moved through East Tennessee. (Video courtesy the LeConte Lodge and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park)

SEVIER COUNTY -  A blackberry winter has officially arrived in East Tennessee.

Temperatures shifted from record-breaking heat to the 40's in just one week for most of the area, and the higher elevations of the Smokies are even seeing snow!


The LeConte Lodge atop Mount LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park captured this video. Park officials said temperatures began creeping below the freezing mark Friday night before sleet transformed to snow.

The lodge saw 4 inches of snow last night, and more has continued to fall throughout Saturday. At last check, the park said it had received at least 6 inches of snow.

Winds continue to gust atop the mountains. The park closed off U.S. Route 441 after the Sugarlands Visitor Center due to treacherous conditions with ice and snow.

The park also said the wet conditions has caused a number of trees to fall on all trails to and from Mt. LeConte. It's asking hikers to rethink heading down these trails until sun and warmth returns to the forecast.

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