Planning on hitting the Blue Ridge Parkway tonight? You may want to rethink these plans.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is now closed south of Asheville, from MP 400 on US Forest Service Road 5000 (Bent Creek Access Road), to the south end at Milepost 469 at the entrance to National Park. Great Smoky Mountains, in anticipation of snowfall and icy road conditions this evening.
As winter weather sets in in the mountains of western North Carolina, the Asheville “suburban area” on the boardwalk from MP 400 to MP 375 at Ox Creek Road is currently open. But the walk is closed from Ox Creek all the way north to MP 344 at NC 80.
Mount Mitchell State Park, which only has vehicle access from the boardwalk at MP 355, closed at 3 p.m. on Nov. 3 and will remain closed until further notice, according to the park’s website.
The current temperature at the top of the mountain is 29 degrees, according to the summit weather station, provided by the NC High Peaks Trail Association.
“Road closed” signs in the Asheville area when the weather can be cold, but not snowy, this is because the boardwalk climbs quite quickly in elevation north and south of the town, which is at an elevation about 2,200 feet.
The Craggy Gardens area north of Asheville stands at over 5,000 feet high, and Mount Mitchell in Yancey County at nearly 7,000 feet (6,684 feet to be exact), making it the highest peak east of the Mississippi.
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Weather conditions can be very different, and roads, bridges and tunnels can freeze up quickly, making driving dangerous.
According to the National Weather Service, the forecast for the Asheville area is a 50% chance of rain, mainly after 7 p.m. with scattered fog after 3 a.m. The overnight low should be around 38 degrees.
Further precipitation amounts of less than 1/10 of an inch are possible. There is a 30% chance of rain, mainly before noon on November 4, with a high near 48.